Pre-mixed – The Good, The Bad & The Calorific?

Often I see people who, to get through a long train journey, plough through a couple of cans G&T. Or even on a picnic on a warm day – these things seem to be everywhere at the moment.

This month I’m really keen to get the conversation started about pre-mixed cocktails. I will be focussing (of course) on the gin offerings – but there are LOADS of variations out there, which will follow the same principles.

So what is a Pre-Mixed Cocktail? Usually in a 250ml can, ready to drink, around the 5% abv, most tasting of sugar and flavouring. However, in some cases they are rather tasty – but there is a significant lack of information on the packaging about what it is you’re actually drinking.

More and more Distilleries are wanting you to enjoy their perfect serve, all in a convenient can or bottle. A great idea and way of getting your product out there, and a way for people to enjoy without committing to a whole bottle.

So should the “nutritional” information be put on the packaging? Sugar content? Calories? (Shout out to Adnams for one of the only ones to put the calories on!)

Below, I have taken just a small sample of what is on offer at supermarkets at the moment and tried to give you as much information as possible. A few google searches helped me in places, but even google couldn’t tell me the calorie content of some of our favourites.

I’d be really interested to know your opinion on this!! Oh, for the record – my favourite is without doubt the LoneWolf G&T (yes, because of the ABV) – no compromises here! Genuinely the perfect serve.

All information below is based on what is on the label, or what I could dig out from Google! As accurate as possible!

Gordon’s London Dry Gin & Tonic

250ml Can

5% abv

1.3 UK units

Mixed with: Schweppes Indian Tonic Water

Any other info on can? No

Calories – 213

Gordon’s London Dry Gin & Slimline Tonic

250ml Can

5% abv

1.3 UK units

Mixed with: Schweppes Slimline Indian Tonic

Any other info on can? Yes – 75 Calories

Gordons Premium Pink Distilled Gin & Tonic

250ml Can

5% ABV

1.3 UK units

Mixed with: Schweppes Indian Tonic

Any other info on can? No

Calories – 193

Greenall’s Gin & Pink Grapefruit

250ml Can

5% ABV

1.2 UK Units

Mixed with: Indian Tonic Water & Pink Grapefruit Juice

Any other info on can? Yes – 2% Pink Grapefruit Juice, Sweetener (sodium saccharin)

Calories – 147

Fentimans & Bloom – Gin & Tonic

275ml bottle

6.5% ABV

1.8 UK units

Mixed with: Fentimans Botanically Brewed Tonic Water

Any other info on bottle? No

Calories – unknown

Eden Mill: Berry Bramble

250ml bottle

8% ABV

2 U.K. units

Mixed with: Eden Mill Love, Apple, Raspberry, Strawberry and Lemon juice. Also with black carrot infusion and Elderflower extract.

Any other info on bottle? Yes – also with potassium sorbate, sugar and water. Gin = 21%

Calories – unknown

*edit* Have spoken to the guys from Eden Mill who have said they WILL be putting calories on the next batch! Excellent news – thank you!

Adnams Copper House G&T

250ml can

5% ABV

1.3 U.K. units

Mixed with: Adnams Copper House Gin and their own recipe tonic

Any other info on can? Yes – 138 calories

Aldi Oliver Cromwell Gin & Tonic

250ml can

5% ABV

1.3 U.K. units

Mixed with: Tonic…

Any other info on can? Yes – quinine flavouring

Calories – 93

Edinburgh Gin: Rhubarb & Ginger

250ml can

5% ABV

1.5 U.K. units

Mixed with: Ginger Ale

Any other info on can? Yes – Natural Flavourings

Calories – 83

LoneWolf: Gin & Tonic

330ml Can

8.8% ABV

3 U.K. units

Mixed with: LoneWolf Tonic

Any other info on can? No

Calories – unknown

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