Did you know? 73% of gin in the world is consumed in the form of a gin and tonic. Early Australians would pay for Gordon’s London Dry Gin in gold dust.
Although gin and tonic is a classic British cocktail, the largest gin drinkers in the world are actually the Philippines, who are responsible for half of the world’s gin consumption.
G&Ts are best consumed under ultraviolet light to witness its glow-in-the-dark magic.
The humble G&T
The origins of the G&T can be traced back to the 19th century when British soldiers in colonial India needed to drink tonic water containing quinine as an antimalarial potion; malaria being the most widespread disease at the time. Gin and lime was added to the tonic water to counteract the nasty taste.
Although G&T’s have their roots in medicinal history, there are some hidden nasties to watch out for. Gin is essentially sugar-free but tonic water is a familiar culprit for sugar-related health concerns. Did you know that the average tonic water contains 6.5 teaspoons of added sugar per serve?
According to the American Heart Association, the daily recommended added sugar intake for women is only 25g (6 teaspoons) and men 37.5g (9 teaspoons). So your classic tipple could be putting you at higher risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
We don’t want these sugary facts to stop you from celebrating International Gin and Tonic Day the right way, so the folks at Nexba classic tonic water have put together a sugar-free recipe to satisfy that G&T craving guilt-free.
Sugar-free G&T: Orange & Raspberry recipe
1 punnet fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3 shots gin
1 1/2 cups Nexba classic tonic water
1 handful ice cubes
Lime and additional fresh raspberries, to garnish
- Place raspberries and orange juice in a glass (or cocktail shaker) and muddle using a wooden spoon.
- Add gin and mix well.
- Place ice cubes in glasses (we’ve used margarita style glasses) and pour the cocktails over it.
- Then add tonic water, garnish with fresh raspberries and lime.