Even though it tastes as bitter as a disgruntled DA supporter - tonic has a LOT of sugar in it.
If you're casually lounging next to the pool on a hot summer's day, quaffing more than one gin and tonic might not guarantee that your skimpy swimsuit will fit as well the next time you decide to slip into it.
Traditionally straight gin does not taste very good with mixers that aren't packed with sugar, and we all now know (thanks to people like Prof Tim Noakes) just how bad too much sugar is for your waistline and overall health.
Made in South Africa
Taking all of this into account - a new Cape Town-based drinks company has come up with a groundbreaking innovation; a gin that tastes great when mixed with simple soda or sparkling water.
The successful development of a gin that pairs with tonic or soda water is a world-first and is proudly made right here in South Africa (so drinking it isn't helping some Swiss-drinks company executive fund his 5th Bugatti Veyron).
MOOD Gin comes in three different varieties; there's a classic, a pink gin and a darker amber option.
We have taste-tested all three (repeatedly) and what I can tell you is that drinking a MOOD gin and soda water is a pretty unique experience.
You expect it to taste watered-down or insanely bitter, but instead you are offered a full-flavoured G&T experience that's practically calorie-free. Freaky.
It feels like cheating. A total win / win.
So if you feel like reducing your summer calorie intake, but still want to socialise with friends around the pool or braai while enjoying a delicious gin experience - then check out MOOD Gin.
MOOD Gin is available right now at Makro Liquor stores countrywide and on Yuppiechef.
[Full disclosure: I am a part of the team that created MOOD Gin and formed a crucial part of the strategic thinking for this innovative product.]