6 gin mixers to try when you don't have tonic

We’ve all been there: it’s a Friday night, we’re ready to have a gin and tonic and then suddenly we realise… there’s not a bottle of tonic to be found! While a gin and tonic is the ultimate classic combination, there are other gin mixers out there that you can turn to if you find yourself thirsty and tonic-less. Here are a few common mixers for gin to turn to next time you find yourself in a tough spot!

1. Gin and Bitter Lemon

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Gin goes great with citrus (as we know from the classic garnishes of lime or lemon) and bitter lemon is a popular alternative among those who don’t particularly enjoy the bitter taste of tonic. Gin and bitter lemon is an easy drink that goes well with most gins; if you don’t have bitter lemon, you can even make your own by mixing up some lemon juice and sugar!

2. Gin and Ginger 

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We discovered the combination of gin and ginger beer back in July with Whitley Neill’s Rhubarb and Ginger gin, but did you know you can mix this up with pretty much any gin? If you’re not a fan of ginger beer or want to try something even different, gin and ginger ale is a lovely combination. Toss in some fresh fruit and you’ll have Fever-Tree’s ‘Summer Cup’ gin cocktail!

3. Gin and Vermouth

Gin Vermouth Martini

AKA a gin Martini! The Martini is beloved not only for its classic flavour, but for being a gin cocktail that’s ridiculously simple to make. 50ml gin and 15ml of dry vermouth, stirred and strained into a glass, and you’ve got yourself this quintessential gin cocktail. It’s an easy go-to gin drink for anyone with a decently-stocked drinks cabinet.

4. Gin and Cordial

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Does this combination sound familiar, as well? If you have a bottle of gin and some lime cordial in your home, then you’ve got the makings of a gin Gimlet! Gimlets are usually made with lime juice and simple syrup (but not always!), but the lime cordial puts these two together so your gin cocktail is even simple. Combine 3 parts gin with 1 part cordial, stir, sip and enjoy.

5. Gin and Grapefruit

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The citrus fruit strikes again! Gin and grapefruit are a delicious combination, and if you add some salt into the mix you’ve made yourself a tasty gin-based cocktail: the Salty Dog. Opt for ruby red juice rather than white to give your drink an extra layer of flavour.

6. Newton's appl fizzics

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Apple juice and gin? The combination may seem unusual, but rest assured - when you mix your gin with a delightfully sparkling juice (like the Newton's appl fizzics in March's box!), you can enjoy a seriously refreshing tipple. Check out our recipe for an apple-y Gin Fizz here and try it out yourself!