It is summer time and it is calling out for some quality gin and tonic. This drink is gift from heaven for summer treat. So what is Gin and Tonic anyway?
Gin is a spirit which is derived from juniper berries and its earliest origin was in the Middle Age. Gin has developed into a categories of spirits with different origins, styles and flavor but juniper is still the main ingredient in production.
Tonic water or known as Indian tonic water is a carbonated soft drink in which quinine is dissolved. The water is famous for its bitter flavoring and it is usually used in mixed drinks like cocktails.
The combination of these two drink has created something magical. The drink is mostly preferred for its unique taste coming from the similarity in structure of both ingredients which then shields the bitter taste. The suggested ratios for gin to tonic are 1:1 and 1:3. The cocktail is usually garnished with a thin slice or wedge of lime and serve cold with ice. But we did not stop there! Gin and tonic tastes so good that people don’t just want to drink it, and that is when gin and tonic sorbet is born.
Ingredients (prep will take about 4-5 minutes)
- ¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
- ¼ cup of Water
- 1 tablespoon of Lime Zest
- 1 cup of Gin (chilled)
- 4 cups Tonic Water (chilled)
- 2-4 tablespoons of Fresh Lime juice (chilled)
Cooking (cooking will take about 30 minute)
Step 1 – making simple syrup: Add ¼ cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of water in to a pot and boil the mixture over a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. After that, turn the heat higher to 1 level and boil for 1 more minute. Turn off the stove and set the syrup aside for cooling down. You can put it into refrigerator or room temperature, both are ok. Lightly cover the syrup if you let them cool in room temperature to prevent strange objects or buds falling into the mixture
You can add the lemon zest together with sugar and water and boil them together or add the zest latter, it is up to your choice. You can also divide the portion in half and boil the other haft for stronger flavor.
Step 2 – mix ingredient together: After the sugar syrup is cooled, add half of the syrup to the bowl, then pour the tonic, gin, lime juice and lemon zest into it. Mix them well and give the mixture a little taste before add more sugar syrup. Don’t pour all of syrup in at one so you will have to a lot of adjustment latter with other ingredient. And don’t let the mixture too sweet that it powers the taste of gin and tonic or too bland that your sorbet will taste like ice
Step 3 – making sorbet: add the mixture to an ice cream maker and simply follow the instruction. If you don’t have ice cream maker, you can alternately put the mixture in the container and freeze it until it frozen which will take about 2 hours. After 30 minutes, you can come back to check on your sorbet so they don’t get too hard.
Step 4 – serving gin and tonic sorbet: Serve immediately after you take the sorbet out of the fridge. Use an ice cream spoon to get the sorbet into ice cream scoop shape or just use your spoon to break them down. Garnish with a slide of lime or some mint leaves. The mixture can be kept up to one week if you store it in an airtight container in freezer.
The recipe can serve from 4 to 5 people. This sorbet is perfect for parties, from casual to formal one. You can enjoy the beautiful cool taste with your family and friends under the joyful atmosphere of summer party.