Gin and Tonic Recipe– today we’re making a classic cocktail recipe and the drink that gets made in our house the most often :) Gin, tonic, and lime juice make up this simple and delicious cocktail! Cheers!

gin tonic

I recruited Stephen to help me out on this one since he’s the resident gin and tonic mixer around here. We even made a fun little (very short) video together showing you how to make it (it’s down below above the recipe card if you’re interested!).

Last year I shared an orange and cranberry gin and tonic which was a huge hit. I have another festive version planned for this holiday season but for now, I figured you might like the short and simple version of the Gin and Tonic recipe that we’re so very fond of in our house.

gin and tonic

The best gin for Gin and Tonics:

Alright so, I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on alcohol. Mmkay?

BUT, over the years, I’d say we’ve made gin and tonics at home with ~10 different kinds of gin and I certainly have my opinions on which ones were best. Hint- Stephen has an opinion as well.

Of all the gins that I have tried, my top favorites in this order are: Viva City Native Gin, Bombay Sapphire, and a close second of Hendrick’s.  Stephen’s first preference is for Hendrick’s. We also have a bottle of Roku gin that a friend gave us and we’ve very much been enjoying that.

PLEASE let me know if you have a favorite. We’re always looking for new kinds to try.

gin and tonic

How many calories in a gin and tonic:

I was surprised to see that a LOT of people are interested in knowing exactly how many calories are in a gin and tonic.

A single shot of gin has about 100 calories in it and since we recommend that you use diet tonic water, there are next to zero additional calories inside this cocktail outside of the little bit of lime juice that is squeezed in.

All I’m saying is that I would MUCH rather have a gin and tonic over a 100 calories beer ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

gin and tonic with lime wedges

How to make a Gin and Tonic:

In case you need a detailed demonstration on how to make this super (not at ALL) complex cocktail, we have a video down below for you :)

We like using THIS ice mold that makes giant cubes of ice. But, whatever ice you have on hand obviously works.

To actually make the cocktail, simply add the ice to your glass and then mix in the gin and diet tonic water. Squeeze in the juice from one lime wedge and then ENJOY!

If you want to switch things up a bit, you can also give this a try with lemon instead of lime. My is a HUGE fan of  a lemon gin and tonic!

More great cocktails to try:

See how to make this Gin and Tonic :D

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Gin and Tonic Recipe

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


How to make a gin and tonic cocktail!



  • 2 ounces of gin (see note above about of favorite types of gin)
  • 4 ounces of diet tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge
  • ice or serving


  1. Add your ice to a glass.
  2. Stir together the gin and tonic water and then squeeze in the lime wedge.
  3. ENJOY!

  • Category: cocktail
  • Method: stirring
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: cocktail, easy cocktail, classic cocktail