I’m becoming a gin and tonic girl. Is that OK, Mom?
There’s something mesmerizing about how light and bubbly this drink is. So refreshing and simple. I’m not even usually one for dry cocktails, and I’m certainly no gin connoisseur. But come springtime, gin and tonics are practically all I want in my hand.
OK, that and margaritas. Tequila, I’ll never quit you.
How is this recipe “all natural?” I’m glad you asked!
Most store bought tonic waters have weird, unnatural ingredients and are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.
So lately, John and I have been making our own, all natural version by sweetening with maple syrup, agave or honey, and then relying on seltzer or sparkling water for the fizz. Works like a charm!
So fizzy, refreshing, and easy.
This version gets a tart-sweetness from sliced kumquat that’s been muddled with gin and sweetener. However, for first timers I would recommend trying this with lime (see notes) for a more traditional flavor!
I’m a sucker for colorful spring produce, hence this brightened-up orange version.
I think you guys are going to love this cocktail! It’s:
This has been our go-to drink for at home happy hours (the best kind of happy hour in my opinion). I can’t wait to experiment with other infusions and flavors!
If you give our version a try, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. It will be like a virtual cocktail party. Trust me, you wanna be there. Cheers, friends!
All-Natural Gin and Tonics
- 2-3 whole kumquats (or other citrus* // thinly sliced)
- 1-2 Tbsp sweetener (such as agave nectar, maple syrup, cane sugar, or honey if not vegan)
- 2 ounces dry gin (4 Tbsp yields ~2 ounces)
- 2-3 ounces unflavored sparkling or seltzer water (4-6 Tbsp yield ~2-3 ounces)
- Add kumquats, sweetener, and 1/2 ounce gin (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) to a serving glass and muddle to break down sweetener and release citrus juices. Add remaining gin and stir well to combine.
- If you’re not into citrus pulp/skin, scoop out or strain the kumquats from the drink. The whole fruit is edible though, so I left mine in! Otherwise, move onto the next step.
- Add ice and top off with sparkling water to achieve desired strength of drink. Add 2-3 ounces for a stronger drink and 3-5 ounces for a weaker drink (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Taste and adjust sweetness and strength as needed. Optional: Garnish with additional kumquat slices. Serve.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 Gin and Tonic with 1 Tbsp sweetener.