5 of the Best Gin Cocktail Recipes for Health-Conscious Drinkers

Photo taken from above looking down on a gin cocktail decorated with a herb sprig and pomegranite seeds

If you’ve attempted to lose weight or simply tried to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you’ll know that one of the things many articles tell you to do is give up the booze. In this post, we’ll highlight a few of the best gin cocktails that allow you to maintain a healthy diet but still enjoy a delicious tipple from time to time.

So why gin? Well, gin has found itself somewhat in a renaissance. Although it was originally created as a form of medicine before going on to become known as “mother’s ruin” during the original gin craze, gin is now popular across the board and is the go-to spirit for men and women alike. If you’re looking for a healthier choice of drink, you can’t go wrong with gin. A single measure of gin has about 110 calories and ZERO carbs.

1. All-Natural Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Kumquats (thinly sliced)
  • 15-30 ml Sweetener (such as agave nectar, honey or simple syrup)
  • 60 ml dry gin (4 tablespoons yields 2 ounces)
  • Ice
  • 60-90 ml Unflavoured Sparkling or Soda Water

Method

  1. Add kumquats, sweetener, and 15ml of gin to a serving glass and muddle to break down the sweetener and release the citrus juices. Then, add the remaining gin and stir thoroughly until combined.
  2. If you’re not a fan of having pulp or skin in your drink, scoop it out or strain. If you don’t mind, move onto the next step.
  3. Add ice and top off with soda water to achieve your desired strength of drink. Add 45-75 ml for a stronger drink or 60-75 ml for a weaker drink.
  4. Taste and adjust the sweetness and strength as needed. If you like, garnish with additional kumquat slices and serve.

Elderflower Collins

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Gin
  • 20 ml Lemon
  • 10 ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 10 ml Sugar Syrup
  • Soda to finish

Method

  1. Shake up the gin with the lemon, a dash of elderflower cordial and sugar syrup.
  2. Pour over ice and top up with sparkling water.
  3. (Optional) If you’re feeling fancy, top with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale.

3. Sloe Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Sloe Gin
  • 20 ml Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Syrup
  • 20 ml Egg Whites

Method

  1. Shake together the sloe gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, the fresh egg white and a rosemary sprig with ice.
  2. Shake without the ice to ensure that you get as much froth as possible.
  3. Serve in a wine glass with a rosemary sprig aloft.

4. Negroni

Forget the cocktails you can make in minutes — this takes only a few seconds!

Ingredients

  • 25 ml Gin
  • 25 ml Campari
  • 25 ml Vermouth
  • 1 Orange

Method

  1. Pour the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth into a rocks glass over ice.
  2. Stir it down to your preferred taste.
  3. Zest the orange and add the citrus to the delicious mixture.

Blackberry Gin Fizz

For two tall drinks:

Ingredients

  • 35 grams fresh Blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 120 ml Gin
  • 60 ml fresh Lime Juice
  • Diet Lemonade, Sprite or 7UP
  • 2 thin Lime wedges (for garnish)

Method

  1. Purée the blackberries and sugar in a blender until it’s fully liquefied.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve into two tall glasses.
  3. Equally divide the gin and lime juice between glasses and stir.
  4. Add ice to glasses then top each with soda and a wedge of lime.

With these gin cocktails, you can enjoy the occasional tipple without compromising your health kick or weight loss goals.

*collaborative post

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