Journey into the World of Low-Calorie Gins: Enjoy Your Spirits Without the Guilt

In today’s health-conscious world, we are constantly seeking balance, trying to find ways to enjoy the things we love without overindulging or feeling guilty. Alcohol, particularly our beloved gin, is no exception. Yet, with a little knowledge and some smart choices, it’s entirely possible to enjoy your favourite tipple without the worry of extra calories. This article is dedicated to all gin lovers out there who are seeking low-calorie alternatives. Let’s dive into the world of low-calorie gins!

How Many Calories are in Gin?

Before we get into the low-calorie options, let’s understand the calorie content in traditional gin. In a standard 25ml serving of gin (40% alcohol), you will typically find around 59 calories, mostly from alcohol. Unlike beer or wine, gin is a distilled spirit, which means it doesn’t contain carbohydrates (unless sugar is added post-distillation), and the calories come from alcohol.

Low-Calorie Gins: The New Wave

Recognising the need for healthier options, some distilleries have been experimenting with creating low-alcohol, and consequently, low-calorie gins. Here are some of the top picks:

  1. Gordon’s Ultra – Low Alcohol Gin: This low-alcohol option from Gordon’s has all the flavours of a classic London Dry Gin with only 68 calories per 100ml, making it a significantly lighter option.
  2. Sipsmith FreeGlider: A refreshing, zesty twist on gin, this spirit has just 33 calories per 25ml serving. With notes of citrus, juniper, and earl grey, it’s a perfect summer sipper.
  3. CleanCo CleanGin: Created by Spencer Matthews, this low-alcohol gin has only 1.2% ABV but maintains the classic gin flavours. It contains 30 calories per 50ml serving, a steal in the calorie department.

Low-Calorie Mixers: The Perfect Companion

Switching to a low-calorie gin is a great start, but remember, your mixer also adds to the overall calorie count. Consider using low-calorie tonics, or try soda water with a squeeze of fresh citrus. Here are a couple of ideas:

  1. Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic Water: This tonic has 43% fewer calories than the classic one, offering the same quality taste without the extra sugar.
  2. Schweppes Slimline Indian Tonic Water: With zero calories and sugar, it’s the perfect companion for your low-calorie gin.

Crafting Low-Calorie Gin Cocktails

Who said cocktails need to be calorie-dense? Here are two low-calorie gin cocktail recipes for your next gathering:

  1. Skinny G&T: Combine 50ml of Gordon’s Ultra – Low Alcohol Gin with 150ml of Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic Water. Add a wedge of lime for a zest. This cocktail contains around 40-45 calories.
  2. Slimline Negroni: Mix 25ml of Sipsmith FreeGlider, 25ml of a low-calorie vermouth, and 25ml of Campari. Stir with ice and garnish with an orange slice. This cocktail sits at around 75-80 calories.


Low-calorie gins provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy your favorite spirit without loading up on unnecessary calories. With careful selection of your gin and mixers, you can still savor the complexities and nuances of a well-made gin, while also being mindful of your health. Now, isn’t that a win-win situation? As always, remember to enjoy responsibly. Cheers to a healthier way of enjoying gin!

Hi I'm Martin and gin is one of my favorite alcoholic beverages. I started this website to share my experiences. For now I primarily just drink it, but I'm starting to build up a small collection of bottles at home and who knows maybe in the future we'll make it together.