The TNT | Tequila and Tonic, a simple combination of lime juice, Tequila and tonic water is a favorite of ours and an easy to drink cocktail. The TNT is a great thirst-quencher and one of my favorite tequila cocktails in this blistering hot Texas summer.
Tequila and Tonic has only 173 Calories!
Were you aware that many premade frozen Margarita mixers contain as many as 750 calories per cocktail! Yikes! And unfortunately, the ‘Skinny’ Margarita with its artificial sweeteners suck. So, when you want to imbibe, but don’t want a week’s worth of calories and carbs, the low-calorie Tequila and Tonic is definitely the smart choice.
Tonic Water and Tequila
Why does tonic water go so well with Tequila and Mezcal? Simple enough, it has a slightly bitter flavor. Although Tonic water is not as concentrated as ‘bitters’ has the same ability to highlight and enhance your favorite Tequila. At the same time bringing a nice refreshing fizz that you want from a summery cocktail mixer without being sugary. Which makes the Tequila and tonic such a great, easy to make cocktail.
I prefer ‘Añejo’ or aged Tequila in this Tequila and tonic recipe. Its flavor is less harsh, smoother, and smoky flavor and is aged in small oak barrels. Añejo tequila and tonic go well together.
Experiment with the Sugar Content in Your Tequila and Tonic
As I experimented with the lime and sugar content. My personal preference in the Tequila and tonic was for a whisper of lime and no sugar. My co-conspirator in this experiment liked the cocktail with both more lime and sugar. Both versions of the Tequila and tonic are excellent, but you should try them both ways and decide for yourself.
The TNT, with the slightly bitter flavor of Tonic Water and the smokiness of Añejo Tequila mixed with just a whisper of lime and optional simple syrup. I predict this Tequila and tonic is going to be your summer go-to thirst quencher.
Here is my recipe for The TNT | Tequila and Tonic
TNT | Tequila and Tonic
- 2 Ounces Tequila Preferably Añejo
- 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup
- 1/2 Ounce Lime Juice Fresh
- 3 Ounces Tonic Water
- Limes slices or wedges
- Combine all ingredients except tonic water in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well until ice cold
- Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice and pour in the cocktail. Top off with tonic water
- Garnish with slices of fresh lime