This Tie Dye Gin Cocktail is fun to make, naturally colored, and completely alcohol free. We used a refreshing zero alcohol gin to create this colorful gin cocktail that’s all natural and allergy friendly.
Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Fermat Commerce. We received free product from Monday. All opinions are my own.
If you can’t have alcohol for various reasons, you can still enjoy a delicious alcohol free cocktail with our beautiful Tie Dye Gin Cocktail created with the Monday Zero Alcohol Gin!
Did you know that the alcohol alternative market is a growing industry specializing in alcohol free spirits? I didn’t realize it until a few months ago that alcohol free spirits were even a thing, but I was so excited to discover it because I can’t have alcohol due to health issues.
This tie dye gin cocktail is really fun to make and it’s fruity and refreshing. Sometimes this cocktail will create nice swirls, and other times it will create distinct color layers depending on how you pour it! It’s stunning and tastes delicious.
You can watch a short video of us making this cocktail on Facebook Reels where it has really cool swirls.
Our gin cocktail is pretty much top 9 allergen free and it’s easy to adjust it to meet your needs (like making this lower in sugar or choosing a more natural and corn syrup-free grapefruit soda).
Tips for making this gin cocktail
If you want to get the beautiful color swirls in this drink, I recommend using ice cubes vs. an ice ball.
We normally like to use an ice ball in drinks like this to keep the ice from melting too quickly, but I have found that I couldn’t get the really nice swirls in this drink with an ice ball.
For the butterfly pea flower tea, make sure to brew it strong so it has a lot of color in a little bit of liquid. You only want to add a splash of butterfly pea flower tea to add color, but not enough to change the flavor or your drink (adding too much will dilute the drink).
If you have the butterfly pea flower powder, you can mix the powder with a little water to get a liquid in the deep blue color. You can also try this with a natural blue food coloring powder (like from the McCormick brand we use).
The really neat thing about the butterfly pea flower powder or tea is that it changes color with a change in pH! It will often change from blue to purple when acid is added, so you will end up with a spectrum of colors in this drink from magenta to purple and blue.
How to make this cocktail lower in sugar
Since we wanted a sweet gin cocktail, I used the Squirt grapefruit soda for this, but it does have a lot of sugar in it.
If you’d like to make this cocktail lower in sugar, you can use a less sweet grapefruit soda such as Fever Tree. Or you can reduce the sugar even more by using grapefruit Zevia!
The pomegranate juice doesn’t add a ton of sugar since you won’t be using a lot of it, and the butterfly pea flower tea adds no sugar.
Alcohol Free Spirits
Whether you’re pregnant, have health concerns, participating in Dry January (or Sober October), or you just want to reduce (or eliminate) alcohol in your life, alcohol alternatives are a great option for health conscious adults who still want to enjoy mixed drinks.
It’s also a great way to enjoy the social aspect of sharing a drink with friends without the residual effects. For me, alcohol has been completely off the table for me thanks to histamine intolerance (actually anything fermented, even if it’s alcohol free, is a no-go for me).
There are quite a few different brands on the market now that make alcohol alcohol alternatives that fill in for popular spirits like rum, gin, whiskey, etc. I’ll be doing a post soon that has a roundup of different brands of alcohol alternatives to choose from!
Most of the alcohol alternatives on the market are created to be allergy friendly, so they’re often gluten free and vegan (the Monday spirits are). Some are even sugar free and carb free as well, so depending on the brand they are suitable for people on a keto or paleo diet as well.
Tie Dye Gin Cocktail (Alcohol Free)
- 3 ounces grapefruit soda (we used Squirt, but you can use grapefruit Zevia for lower sugar)
- 2 ounces gin alternative (we used Monday, but Ritual Zero Proof is also great)
- Splash butterfly pea flower tea (we used Suncore Foods butterfly pea flowers to make our tea)
- 1-2 ounces pomegranate juice
- Squeeze of lemon juice (omit or use less if using a less sweet grapefruit soda like Fever Tree)
- In a small glass, add the ice and the grapefruit soda.
- Pour a splash of the butterfly pea flower tea on top for color, allowing the color to swirl into the glass with the soda.
- Pour the pomegranate juice into the glass.
- Top with a bit more blue butterfly pea flower tea for additional blue color if you want. Sometimes this will create nice swirls, and other times it will create distinct layers depending on how you pour it!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist