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Refreshing Gin and Tonic Tart Recipe

Based on a zesty lemon tart, but with an extra juniper bite, this refreshing gin and tonic tart recipe makes a surprising and delightful dessert.

G&T Tart

Ingredients:

For the Pastry

  • 200g Plain Flour (with extra to dust)
  • 35g Icing Sugar
  • 75g Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 60ml Tonic Water

For the Custard

  • 4 Eggs
  • 165g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tbs Lemon Zest
  • 185ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 150ml Double Cream
  • 60ml London Dry 

For the Gin & Tonic Syrup

  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 250ml Tonic Water
  • Zest & Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 60ml London Dry Gin
  • 5 Juniper Berries

Method

  1. Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl then add the butter and lemon zest. Rub with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the tonic water and yolk then knead until the mixture comes together in a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for half an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 23cm tart dish.
  4. Roll out pastry until 5mm thick on a lightly floured surface, then line the tart dish. Chill for another 15 minutes.
  5. Prick the base with a fork, then line with baking paper and fill with baking weights. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the paper and weights, bake for 5 more minutes, until the pastry is golden. Allow to cool.
  7. Whisk together the eggs, caster sugar, lemon zest and juice, cream and gin together.
  8. Pour the filling into the cooled tart shell and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the custard is gently set.
  9. To make the syrup, place the sugar, tonic water and lemon juice in a saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add gin and juniper berries then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  10. Blanch lemon zest for 2 minutes, then drain and add to the syrup. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  11. Cool completely. Remove the juniper berries from the syrup.
  12. Drizzle the syrup over the tart then serve.
Refreshing gin and tonic tart recipe

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