Boozy baking: Lemon & Lime gin and tonic cheesecake recipe
It's World Gin Day on Saturday – here's the perfect recipe to celebrate
If you hadn't heard, it's World Gin Day on Saturday. This annual event has been going since 2009 on the second Saturday in June.
Because of a little global pandemic, this year's celebrations are online. So while we're all at home, what better way to help those celebrations along than with some boozy baking? After all, you need a little something to go with your G+T, so why not make that, well, more G+T. But in cheesecake form.
So whether you're already a juniper lover, or need a sweet and zingy introduction to the good stuff, this is the recipe for you. It's made with Finders Spirit Lemon & Lime gin, which means you get a delicious bonus citrussy tang. Let's get boozy baking.
- 250g digestive biscuits
- 100g butter, melted
- 600g cream cheese
- 100g icing sugar
- Zest and juice of 1 lime, plus extra zest to serve
- 50ml Finders Lemon & Lime Gin
- 280ml double cream
- 250ml Finders Lemon & Lime Gin and tonic (mixed as a drink)
- 2tbsp caster sugar
- 1 lemon, half juiced, half finely sliced
- 2 medium meringues, crushed
- Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment.
- Crush the digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag with a rolling pin, or blitz in a food processor.
- Transfer to a bowl and pour over the melted butter. Mix thoroughly.
- Tip into the tin, press down firmly into the base to create an even layer. Chill in fridge for 1 hr to set.
- Place the cream cheese, icing sugar and lime zest in a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth.
- Tip in the Finders Lemon & Lime gin and double cream, continue beating until the mixture is thick and completely combined.
- Now spoon it onto the biscuit base, and spread to the edges.
- Smooth the top down with the back of a large spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
- Pour the 250ml G&T combination into a pan, add the caster sugar and lemon juice and boil hard.
- Once it has reduced to a syrup (about 3-4 minutes on a high heat), allow it to cool a little before adding the lime juice. Then toss your slices of lemon in the syrup. Allow to cool completely.
- Sprinkle the syrup over the top of the cheesecake and decorate with lemon slices.