I think it is about time for another cocktail granita… don’t you?
Just before it cools down too much to enjoy cocktails as a frozen dessert, I thought I better share this with you before you tell me off for bad timing – although for Chew Town’s American friends, the timing couldn’t be better as you are headed into the warmer months.
Following on from the Espresso Martini Granita posted a month ago, this Gin and Tonic Granita uses my all-time favourite gin – Hendrick’s. I absolutely adore a G&T when I’m out, and since coming across Hendrick’s (thanks to Gin Palace in Melbourne a few years ago) it is the only gin I order.
The key to my love of this gin is definitely that it is distilled with botanicals (think elderflower, juniper, orange peel and coriander to name a few) and then infused with rose and cucumber. Don’t worry though, all the flavours are very subtle and perfectly balanced. The infusion is the reason why when you order a Hendrick’s and tonic from a bar, you will always find a slice of cucumber in your drink instead of a lime (if you do get lime, then leave the bar immediately and don’t go back – they don’t know what they are doing).
When coming up with this granita recipe, I knew that I had to include cucumber juice as it is the feature of the Hendrick’s and tonic presentation that I love the most.
It is a really easy recipe and yields a light and refreshing granita that has you headed back to the freezer regularly for more… but don’t let it fool you, it definitely packs a mighty alcoholic punch!
Gin and Tonic Granita
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup caster sugar
150ml Hendrick’s Gin
500ml tonic water
1/3 cup cucumber juice (made using household juicer)
Cucumber ribbons, to garnish
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat, stirring until sugar has melted. Reduce to a simmer and continue to heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Once cool, place in a medium baking dish and add gin, tonic and cucumber juice. Place in the freezer and each hour, take a fork, and fluff up the ice crystals freezing for at least 4 hours.
Serve topped with skewered cucumber ribbons.
Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul says
Simply stunning Amanda! I love the idea of the cucumber juice…beautiful presentation too!
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Helen | Grab Your Fork says
I’m a huge G&T fan. These would be incredible on long hot days!
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John@Kitchen Riffs says
Lovely pictures — really good. Nice granita, too. I like Hendrick’s OK, but don’t think it’s all that great in many mixed drinks. I’ve never tried it in a G&T, though, and you’ve got me thinking it’d be perfect in that. And with warm weather coming, I’ll be having one or two in the coming months. 😉 So I should pick up a bottle.
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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
What can be better than eating my alcohol? NOTHING!
Lovely to meet you.
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the photos are stunning! love it!
Christina | The Hungry Australian says
Gorgeous recipe and photographs, Amanda. G&Ts are my go-to drink and I just adore boozie slushies 😀
Sara | Belly Rumbles says
Oh hell yes!
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Kevin | keviniscooking says
These look so darn refreshing, too bad I don’t drink anymore. Beautiful images and the cucumber garnishes are incredible.
G&T is always my drink of choice at corporate events for some reason, can’t get enough of the stuff but I’ve never ever ever seen any that is anywhere close to being as beautiful as this. Such an inspiring and creative presentation. You rock, seriously!
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Love the recipe and pictures. Check out the Monkey 47 Gin.
This recipe looks great, but I do have a minor issue with your comment about cucumber slices…
I run a craft cocktail bar and serve a Hendrick’s and tonic maybe once or twice a week. A bartender who actually “knows what they’re doing” would much rather serve you a freshly cut lime wedge than a cucumber slice that has been sitting in the cooler waiting for the occasional Hendrick’s order. Maybe give them a chance to do what they’re good at instead of ordering a two-step mixed drink and judging them on an obscure cocktail garnish.
Andrew Radford says
Hey Amanda, I will certainly be using this recipe in the summer for a bit of a change from the norm, nice cucumber ribbons btw!
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