Non-alcoholic cocktail – Guilt free gin and tonic (and a money saving tip)

It’s Monday and you may very well be craving a drink of the alcoholic variety. Anticipating that, I have cleverly prepared a non-alcoholic cocktail post for you to try. *bows*


With all the scare stories we hear about the dangers of heavy drinking, P and I try not to drink alcohol during the week.  I say try because there is always a reason why a drink or three has usually passed our lips before 6pm on a Friday: evening plans, special lunches, or just simply a shit day.

Anyway, when the latter does happen, I revert back to  a guilt free gin and tonic – a non-alcoholic cocktail “recipe” my husband introduced to me after a PARTICULARLY stressful Monday at work a few years ago.

I came home and P thrust a glass in my hand. My coat was still on, and I was desperate for the loo so I can’t say my concentration levels were high but it did look suspiciously like alcohol.

Clear liquid? Check. Ice and a slice of lime? Check. The special gin and tonic glasses? (We have big glasses for water because I drink MASSES of water and then normal sized glasses are used for gin.) Check. The bastard is trying to make me drink a GIN N TONIC!!!

In response to my scared face, he shouts “Try it!!!” several times. Prone to giving in to peer pressure, I surrendered. “Do you like it????” he asks hopping. “Yes but you know I like gin and tonic.” I say sulking.

“It’s not gin!!” he laughs as if he’s the cleverest person on the planet. “It’s just tonic and lime!”

Folks, it turns out that if you remove the gin from a gin and tonic, it tastes EXACTLY THE SAME!!! Honestly, I would have this on nights out if there weren’t additional reasons for drinking alcohol. It’s AMAZING!

If you can bear it, order it occasionally when you’re out and you’ll save a ton of money. Say you go out to the pub twice a week, and on each outing you buy a couple of drinks.  Each time, swap one glass of wine or one cocktail for a Fake gin and tonic. Essentially it’s just tonic but with the right amount of lime, it’ll taste just like the real thing (TRUST ME).  So 8 nights x (£6 drink less the cost of tonic water at £1.50) = £36.

Try it! There’s no need to thank me! Ok, you’re welcome.

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