How to make the perfect 007 Gin Martini ...and 4 other reduced-alcohol, calorie-counted cocktails

To celebrate the premier of the latest James Bond film No Time To Die, we've decided to share with you our favourite reduced-alcohol, calorie-counted gin cocktails. Alongside a twist on Bond's famous Dirty Martini, we have compiled creations from our cocktail list featuring gins from across our collections.

Please always drink responsibly. 

Alcohol contains sugars and calories that we sometimes forget about (often referred as 'liquid calories'), so if you're counting your calories, reducing your alcohol consumption is a good start. 

With that in mind, we've made some small adjustments to our most loved cocktails; reducing the alcohol amount and calorie content. 

Gin martini  - Shaken, not stirred


25 ml Darnley's Original Gin (61 kcals)

10 ml Dry vermouth (17 kcals)

15 ml green olive juice (30 kcals) or 1 to 3 cocktail onions (1 kcal)

Total = 1.2 units of alcohol and 108 kcals (or 79 kcals if using cocktail onions)


In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, and dry vermouth. Shake and strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Transform the undertone of a classic martini to a light and earthy concoction through the addition of cocktail onions.

Elderflower Punch (Serves 4)


100ml Darnley’s Original Gin (122 kcals)

500ml Pressed Apple Juice (246 kcals) or no added sugar apple juice (120 kcals)

200ml Elderflower Cordial (30 kcals)

100ml Lemon Juice (24 kcals) or one freshly squeezed lemon (6 kcals)

Lemon Wheels

Mint Leaves

Total = 1 unit of alcohol and106 kcals per serving (or 70 kcals per serving if using no added sugar apple juice and freshly squeezed lemon)


Add all to a large serving jug or carafe and fill with ice. Give it a good stir and enjoy with friends.


Burnished Burley


25ml Darnley’s Smoke and Zest (61 kcals)

10ml Lemon Cordial (4 kcals)

15ml Thyme Sugar Syrup (28 kcals)

Top with Tonic (68 kcals) or Fever Tree Naturally Light (15 kcals)

Lemon Wheel


Total = 1 unit of alcohol and 161 kcal (or 108 kcals if using Fever Tree Naturally Light)


Add 50ml of gin to a glass filled with ice, then add your cordial and sugar syrup. Top with a good quality tonic and garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.


Darnley's Delight 


25ml Darnley’s Original Gin (61 kcals)

50ml Pineapple Juice (28 kcals)

10ml Dry Vermouth (17 kcals)

Dash Sugar Syrup (12 kcals)

Dash Angostura Bitters (10 kcals)

Total = 1.2 units of alcohol and 190 kcals


Pour all ingredients into a shaker over ice and shake rapidly. Double strain into glass. Garnish 3 drops of Angostura Bitters.


Spiced Pear 


25ml Darnley’s Spiced Gin (61 kcals)

25ml Lemon Juice (6 kcals)

25ml Pear Syrup (90 kcals) or light syrup from a tin of pears (30 kcals)

1 Egg White (15 kcals)

Total = 1 unit of alcohol and 234 kcals (or 174 kcals if using light pear syrup)


Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Open the shaker, fill with ice and shake again, then strain into a chilled coupe. Place a star anise on the foam to serve.

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