A gin and tonic really hits to spot. On a warm summer’s eve, as an aperitif at your favourite restaurant or because it’s Wednesday.
But what if you want the flavour of all those wonderful botanicals and the distinctive bitter taste of tonic without the booze? A squeeze of lime into a glass of tonic water isn’t going to cut it.
The Temperance Spirit Company has devised an ingenious innovation to quench your thirst without giving you a fuzzy head or a hangover. Their Teetotal G’n’T is a pre-mixed tipple of premium Indian tonic water and carefully selected, natural botanicals. As described on their website, “it’s perfect for the times when you can’t have an alcoholic drink but still want to feel part of the party”.
The taste is light, fresh, zingy and, despite the lack of gin, has all the hallmarks of the classic G&T. The beautifully designed packaging features Victorian-style etchings are reminders of the heyday of the Gin Palace.
The bottle doesn’t give away details about which botanicals have been chosen but the product only contains 100% natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners. This is a welcome change from the super-sweet soft drinks which are usually the extent of the alcohol free options at most pubs and bars.
Invented in Yorkshire, Available Across the UK
The product is the brainchild of three businessmen from Yorkshire. Ian Ackroyd has worked in the licensed trade for over 20 years and noticed the increasing demand for adult soft drinks and low/no alcohol beverages.
After a ‘merry’ discussion with Ian Jowett, a former research chemist and doctor of chemistry, along with entrepreneur, Brendan Duckworth, the three Yorkshiremen decided to go into business in late 2015.
Their flagship product is available to buy online and can be found in selected pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, theatres, conference centres and retailers across the UK and Ireland.
Teetotal G’n’T is a fantastic product. You’d be forgiven for mistaking it for the “real thing” in a blind taste test. Whether you don’t drink at all, you’re trying to cut down on your alcohol intake or just want something refreshing and booze-free between drinks, this is an excellent choice. And at a mere 26 calories per 100ml, it won’t go to your head or your hips!