We hope everyone had a great Easter filled with lots of chocolates and treats! After all the Easter indulgences comes thinking more about what we put in our bodies. You’d be surprised how often people ask the question is there sugar in gin?
The simple answer
Technically, no there is no sugar in gin. It really is that simple. Spirits, such as gin, vodka, whiskey and even rum are highly distilled and should not contain sugars.
It gets more complicated the more altering that occurs with the alcohol. For instance, pink gin is full of sugar!
It’s easy to create the illusion of pink gin too. Simply place frozen berries in your favourite Springmount Gin and let them melt.
They create a lovely pink colour along with also cooling your drink and adding garnish. Simple and sugar free.
It’s important to remember that alcohol companies are not required by law to state if there drink contain alcohol and how much is in it. This differs from soft drink producers who are legally required to list this information.
What’s actually in gin?
We will go into more detail in what is actually in gin another time since we could spend all day talking about gin! here are the nutritional facts for one-shot (42g or 1.5 ounces) of gin (provided by the USDA)
As you can see what there is no sugar in gin at all! There is also no fat and no protein. This means that all the calories in gin come from the alcohol itself.
Which gins contain sugar?
Pink gins, some flavoured gins and gin liqueurs usually contain rather high amounts of sugar. The sugar can be used for a number of reasons such as it being a cheap ingredient, preservative and also to make it taste nice are just a few.
Some mass-produced flavoured gins contain up to 65g (15 teaspoons) in a full bottle.
The top offenders
Not that we like to name names but here are the some sugared gin stats:
- Two double shots of Whitley Neill’s Handcrafted Rhubarb and Ginger Gin contains 9.3g of sugar!
- Their Raspberry variety contains the same amount of sugar as well! The entire bottle’s sugar content is the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar.
- The bestselling Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin contains 11 teaspoons of sugar in the entire bottle!
- The fourth worst offender is Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin. Every 100ml contains 9.2g which is just over 2 teaspoons.
- Beefeater’s London Premium Pink Gin is the best of a bad sugar-laden bunch with just more than a teaspoon in every 100ml.
|Brand||Sugar per 100ml||Sugar per 70ml bottle||ABV %|
|Whitley Neill Handcrafted Rhubarb & Ginger||9.3g||65.1g||43|
|Whitley Neill Handcrafted Raspberry Gin||9.3g||65.1g||43|
|Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin||6.8g||47.6g||37|
|Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin||9.2g||64.4g||40|
|Beefeater London Premium Pink Gin||4.6g||32.2g||37|
Watch the mixer!
It’s easy to forget that what is being mixed with your gin can also contain sugar. Tonic water is the most popular choice. Originally used as a prophylactic against malaria, it now contains much less quinine and is a great choice as a gin mixer.
Don’t be fooled by its bitter taste though. Under that bitterness, there can be a large amount of sugar! On average, 12 ounces of tonic water equals to 124 calories and 32 grams of sugar to your glass (that’s 8 teaspoons).
A scary comparison is with cola which is 182 calories and 44 grams of sugar per 12 ounces.
Unfortunately, lemonade is basically sugar water. The first two ingredients are usually sugar and fructose plus artificial colours.
Be aware of diet versions of mixers. They usually contain questionable sweeteners in place of sugar.
Our Strawberry and Raspberry gin contains a small amount of honey as a natural sweetener in order to enhance the delicate flavour of the berries.
All our gins are London Dry which means that they are not legally allowed to contain sugar. You can find out more about London Dry Gins here.
The perfect serve
We recommend enjoying our gins as part of a healthy lifestyle. All our gins are perfect served with the majority of tonics. If your watching your sugar then try the following mixers:
When you’re sweet enough!
Simply put gin doesn’t have to be full of sugar (r contain any for that matter) to taste delicious and our gins are proof of that! We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and look forward to seeing you soon.