I always thought that tonic water was a slightly healthier option when it came to mixers and so began my love affair with G&Ts. So you can imagine my devastation when I realised the “T” part contained just as much sugar as a Coke. There were sugar-free alternatives around, but they were all pumped full of aspartame or other nasty artificial sweeteners.
So the solution was clear. Never drink G&T’s ever again…
Pwah! Whatever! That was never going to happen. So I improvised and used this past summer as my test kitchen, and I’ve come up with a few healthier alternatives. This one is definitely in the running for my favourite refreshing summer toot.
- 1 cup coconut sugar or honey
- 2 cup boiling water
- Fresh mint
- Fresh lavender flower heads
- zest of 1 lemon
- Soda water
- Favourite brand of gin or vodka
- In a saucepan add the coconut sugar or honey and the boiling water and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Bring the sugary water mixture to the boil and let it simmer down at a gentle boil till it reduces to a thicker syrupy consistency.
- Once it’s reached a thicker syrup consistency turn off the heat and add the lemon zest, mint & lavender heads and leave to cool.
- Once cool, strain the liquid to remove all the solid bits and cool the strained liquid in the fridge
- Dilute with soda water to taste and add gin
- Serve over ice cubes with sprigs of fresh mint & lemon zest