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9 Alternatives to Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic. All we ever seem to drink these days is gin and tonic.
This fancy gin, with that premium tonic and a complementary garnish. Lovely stuff.

But if, like us, you think variety really is the spice of life, then why not swap out the gin and try mixing up one of these long drinks for something a little different...

9 Alternatives to Gin and Tonic


Pococello uses the finest ingredients available - including huge, juicy Amalfi lemons - to create an exquisite limoncello that's not too sweet. It's a great replacement for gin in a tall, refreshing summer cooler and a lower ABV alternative to stronger serves.

pococello and tonicIngredients:
35ml Pococello
200ml Fever-Tree Tonic
Lemon wedge

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Pococello and top with tonic. Stir and add a lemon wedge to garnish.


We've written about this one before; but Coffee and Tonic is fast becoming a favourite quick and easy at-home drink and much simpler than whipping up espresso martinis or coffee liqueur cocktails.

mr black liqueur and tonicIngredients:
35ml Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
150ml 1724 premium tonic water
Optional maraschino cherry garnish

Fill a glass with ice, pour in the tonic first, then slowly pour in Mr. Black.
Gently stir. Maraschino cherry optional.


So whilst there's gin present here, and technically there's tonic, this crafty little cocktail is a great alternative to the standard G&T - especially if you can't quite let go of the traditional combo. Jack Rudy's quinine concentrate is a clever concoction that can be 'stretched' with the addition of soda water to create your own tonic, at the level you like it. Here it replaces vermouth in a twist on the martini with more G&T style flavours.

jack rudy tonic martiniIngredients:
50ml Gin
40ml Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic Concentrate
Lime twist

Gently stir the ingredients in a mixing glass over ice. Strain into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a lime twist.


Lanique rose liqueur is made with steam-distilled rose oil from a long lost recipe. At 39% ABV it's as strong as a gin with a floral sweetness (as you'd expect) and it's colour adds something a little different. Pair with a slimline or quinine tonic so as to not let the sweetness reign.

Lanique and tonicIngredients:
35ml Lanique Rose Liqueur
200ml Slimline Tonic
1/4 of a lime

Pour Lanique over ice, top with the tonic and garnish with a 2 hefty wedges of lime.


We declared the gin and tonic dead last summer when we discovered Belsazar Rose Vermouth and Tonic - the ultimate summer spritz. But its White vermouth sibling is also pretty darn great with tonic, particularly for fans of a more bitter serve and the Italian aperitivo. With a full-bodied sweetness and aromas of dried peach and oranges, complemented by complex bitter and herbal notes, switch out the gin and try it with tonic. Trust us...

belsazar white vermouth and tonic

50ml Belsazar White Vermouth
150ml Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Lemon rind/peel to garnish

Add the lemon rind and large cubes of ice to a highball glass. Pour in the vermouth and top with tonic to taste.


Why haven't more people tried this one yet? Tequila and tonic, also known as TnT or Teqtonic, is a great alternative to the G&T. Made with an approx. 2:1 ratio of tonic water to tequila and served with lemon or lime wedges on ice, this requires an earthy lowland tequila such at the Patron reposado, which is aged slightly, and has toasty, nutty flavours.

teqtonic tequila and tonicIngredients:
45ml Patron reposado tequila
7.5ml freshly squeezed lime juice
100ml Tonic Water

Adapted from Victor Bergeron's Trader Vic's Bartneder's Guide' (1972 revised edition), this simple recipe calls for an ice filled glass. Add the tequila and lime juice and stir. Top with tonic and garnish with citrus wedges.


Another clever twist on a classic from Jack Rudy, this Elderflower Tonic Concentrate has more body - starting off sweet and finishing a bit tart. It pairs brilliantly with richer spirits like Tequila, Bourbon and Rum. US Food & Drink blogger Gabriella Valladares creates a great (and easy to make at home!) gin and tonic alternative with the tonic concentrate as its secret ingredient.

Bourbon elderflower tonicIngredients:
75ml Rye whiskey / Bourbon
25ml Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic
50ml Drambuie
A few drops of Angostura bitters
2 sprigs of rosemary to garnish

Combine the whiskey, drambuie and tonic in a rocks glass with ice. Stir slowly for a minute or so to combine. Mix in a few drops of Angostura bitters, add more ice and garnish with rosemary.


Thought just white spirits were the best partner to tonic? Think again. The secret is all about balance: here, use an aged rum and a diet tonic. The blander tonic dials down the sweetness of the rum so it is more subtle, with a refreshing aftertaste. The lime wedges helps balance the flavour profiles. Opt for a less effervescent tonic to keep the rum flavours sweet rather than bitter.

rum and tonicIngredients:
50ml Aged Rum
150ml Folkington's Light Tonic
Lime wedges

Build lime and rum in a glass over ice. Stir. Top with tonic.


Sake and tonic. It's not a hugely popular combination and even in Japan sake cocktails are a relatively new phenomenon. Lower in alcohol than distilled spirits such as whiskey and gin, sake can often be overpowered by other spirits when used in cocktails. But simply paired with tonic and a citrus garnish, this refreshing option is a great low ABV with added bite.

sake and tonic

100 ml Japanese sake (chilled)
100 ml tonic water
1/4 lemon
Optional kumquats to garnish

Pour the sake over ice in a glass. Add the tonic water and squeeze in the juice of an 1/8 of a lemon, adding another wedge or sliced kumquats to garnish.

Not convinced?

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