Most cocktails are a sugar bomb and cause more trouble than they’re worth. Because of this, I like to stick to recipes that are simple and use just a handful of healthy ingredients and better-for-you liquors, like gin.
If you like to enjoy a drink every now and then, but want to choose one that’s healthier, I recommend this refreshing basil lemon gin and tonic that’s has properties that are actually beneficial for you.
How to Enjoy Healthier-for-You Cocktails
While gin is an alcohol, and any alcohol in excess is never good for you, small doses of this spirit that is distilled from juniper berries can have potent health benefits.
Like most other berries, juniper berries are sources of antioxidants which help to combat premature aging and fight free radicals, which help to protect our cells against damage and illness. Studies also show that juniper berries have anti-inflammatory effects on skin cells. and may improve heart health as consumption reduces total cholesterol and triglycerides.
In this recipe, we’re also using lemon and basil. Lemon juice is highly alkalizing and a great detoxifier. It’s rich in vitamin C and natural bioflavanoids, too. Together with the lemon, basil helps temper the gin while bringing a bright and aromatic aroma to the tonic.
If you want to shake this recipe up a little bit, replace the lemon with another citrus such as grapefruit or orange, and swap out the basil with rosemary or thyme. Not only do these alternatives taste great, they also look beautiful as garnishes for the perfect cocktail.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup gin
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ½ cups tonic water
- Fresh lemon wedges and basil leaves, for garnishing
- Combine the lemon juice, basil leaves, ice and tonic water together in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a lid. Shake well.
- Add the gin and shake a little more to combine.
- Strain the gin tonic and pour into glasses with ice, topping with lemon wedges and fresh basil.