The best gin mixers (and we’re not talking tonic)

It’s pretty hard to think of gin without tonic. It’s like bread without butter or strawberries without cream. Terrible, right? Wrong. There are multiple ways to enjoy a gin-based drink without tonic water. Here’s what we recommend…

Bitter lemon

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Cloudy and pale in colour, don’t be put off by the title. It’s actually not too bitter, it just has a bit of a tang which is the perfect way to compliment gin.

Soda water

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Admittedly, we wouldn’t advise drinking gin with just soda water, you’ll need a nice wedge of fresh lime or lemon in there, but it’s ultra-refreshing and low-calorie too.

Cranberry juice

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If you like your drinks on the sweeter side a simple cranberry juice with gin will hit the spot. If you want to Sex & The Beach-it up gin style, add some smooth, fresh orange juice too.

Fizzy elderflower

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You can buy fizzy elderflower either pre-made or make your own by combining elderflower cordial with fizzy water. Pour a shot of gin into a tall glass, add the elderflower fizz and you’ll have yourself a gorgeous summery beverage.

Ginger beer

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Typically known to go well with whisky and lime, don’t turn your nose up at ginger beer’s gin potential. It will add a little sweetness and spice to the spirit – all you need to do is serve the cocktail with a splash of lime cordial or a fresh wedge.

Tomato juice

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Yes, really. Swap the spirit in a traditional Bloody Mary to gin and you’ll have a Red Snapper. Spicy, refreshing, delicious and an excellent choice for hair of the dog.

Coca-Cola

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If you’re an avid rum and coke drinker, this will take a little getting used to but gin and coke really does work. Just make sure you squeeze fresh lime into it to lift the sweetness.

The alternative gin mixers to have on your radar

Shloer Spritzed Grapefruit & Mint, £2.50, Sainsbury’s

Slightly less sweet than its original counterparts, Shloer’s refreshingly dry Spritzed range is great as an option for non-drinkers – but also equally great with a little gin mixed in. Try the Bitter Orange version too.

Sekforde Botanical Mixer for Gin & Vodka, £1.95, Waitrose & Partners

Low in sugar and calories, this handy tonic alternative has notes of raspberry, rose and sage.

London Essence Co. White Peach & Jasmine Soda, £1.85, Ocado

‘It is exquisite when drunk alone, or adds a light sweetness to round off the bitterness of a gin,’ say the makers of this fruity yet floral blend.

Fentimans Traditional Rose Lemonade, £3, Morrisons

Fentimans believe in the pairing of their rose lemonade so much they actually sell it in premixed bottles. Prefer to measure it yourself? Get 750ml of the non-alcoholic stuff for just £3.

San Pellegrino Pomegranate & Orange, £3.79, Ocado

You can’t go wrong adding gin to any flavour of San Pellegrino, but this pomegranate-infused offering makes for a particularly quirky twist.