gin and tonicI decided to start my mocktail quest off with that simplest of drinks, the gin and tonic. With multiple nuances brought on by using different gins, it’s probably my favorite cocktail — biting, tart, and tinged with bitterness, it reminds me of myself on my best days.

Now, the main problem with the gin and tonic mocktail is the complete lack of, well, gin, so it is key that the tonic be the shining star for once. Have I bludgeoned you to death with my opinions on tonic? Yes, I know I have, so I will skip all that, because you now KNOW that Fever-Tree is the only way to go, and head right to the gin conundrum.

Enter DRY Soda. Well, the DRY Sodas are a bit sweet for me to call myself a big fan, but that doesn’t mean I was against trying their newest juniper flavor as a gin stand-in. Nothing could be more simple than to measure out two ounces of Juniper DRY and mix it with Fever-Tree tonic and a wedge of lemon. (Or a lime if your intro to gin and tonics didn’t start in a British pub in the late 90s as mine did.)

The result? Well, maybe it’s a the taste equivalent of a placebo effect, but I was pretty damn happy with my faux gin and tonic. All I was after was something refreshing with a non-alcoholic edge to it, and the Fever-Tree tonic definitely provides that needed edge.

The only problem with this mocktail is that the lack of alcohol means I suck them down with abandon and then spend the rest of the night wearing down a path between the living room and the bathroom. Oh, well, at least I’m hydrating myself!

2 oz. Juniper Dry Soda
Fever-Tree tonic water
Lemon wedge, for garnish

Combine all ingredients over ice and enjoy.

Pregnant Pause: Gin and Tonic 9 May,2009Stephanie Lucianovic

  • sam

    Having been on the receiving end of one of Stephanie’s G&T mocktails – I can attest – they hit the spot.

  • April N

    Where oh where did you find the Juniper DRY? I’ve been dying to try that flavor ever since the first press release months ago, but my usual DRY sources (Whole Foods and BevMo) came up empty, and BevMo is discontinuing the whole DRY line (sniff). Even though I’m out in Livermore, I’ll happily make a day trip to SF (or the peninsula) for a gin and tonic mocktail!

  • Well, I found it the hard way: I had to order a case online. I think some specialty stores in the city have it — maybe try calling Blue Fog Market on California/Divis?

  • Dayle

    I just stumbled upon your blog in the search for non-alcoholic alternatives during my pregnancy. Gin n Tonic’s are MY drink and I miss them so! I just ordered a case of the Juniper soda online. Just one question: is thee any issue that you know of with drinking tonic during pregnancy? You know, what with the quinine and all? In any case…I can’t wait for my dry soda to arrive. Thank you!!


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for,, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

Follow her on Twitter at @grubreport

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