Gin And Bitter Lemon Sorbet

Gin and bitter lemon sorbet - a light, refreshing grown-up treat

My fiance is a bit of a sorbet fiend, he would eat it almost every day if he could; but I think he got through this batch more quickly than any other sorbet I have ever made before…it must be the gin… And to be fair, this gin and bitter lemon sorbet is pretty much everything you could ever want from a sorbet – light, refreshing, not too sweet and a little bit boozy…

Gin and bitter lemon sorbet - light, refreshing and a little bit boozy

I was sent some samples of gin by Gin Explorer, which is a monthly subscription service, providing samples of world gins, none of which you would be able to find in a supermarket. The variety of gins available around the world is astounding, and despite gin being one of my favourite drinks I have tried very few of them beyond the usual Gordon’s, Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s so it was really nice to try something a little different. The gins I was sent were, 6 O’Clock Gin, Ish London Dry Gin, Zymurgorium’s Manchester Gin and Little Scarlet Strawberry Gin Liqueur. I particularly enjoyed the Zymurgorium’s Manchester Gin which had a strongly herbal flavour and a complex taste, and the strawberry gin liqueur because what’s not to like about strawberry gin?

Gin explorer box

The box also included a bottle of 1724 tonic water and an Infugintonic which are ‘teabags’ filled with different varieties of botanicals; you simply place one in your gin for 2 – 3 minutes to infuse the botanical flavours and then make up your gin and tonic as normal. Most of the flavours looked really interesting and different….except for the one that I received, which was ‘Classic Gin Tonic’ – a mix of lemon pieces and juniper which seemed a little pointless given that gin already tastes of juniper and I put fresh lemon in my gin and tonic…I would be interested to try some of the other flavours however. There was also a little pot of marmalade with a recipe to make a breakfast martini which was incredibly good! If you are a fan of gin and want to expand your gin knowledge then the Gin Explorer box is definitely for you, enter the Promo Code TAKEOFF to get Β£5 off their first edition. Exp 31st July. You can also buy full sized bottles of all of the gins and other products included from their Gin Festival shop;

Gin explorer april box

On to the gin and bitter lemon sorbet. This is an incredibly light, refreshing, not too sweet sorbet which includes a very generous slug of gin. It is also very easy to make, you just infuse carbonated bitter lemon and sugar with juniper berries (to give more of a ‘gin’ flavour), then add lemon juice and gin and leave to cool before whisking in an egg white (which is what makes the sorbet so light) and freezing in an ice cream maker. I pushed the limits of the amount of gin you can include before you end up with a slushy rather than a sorbet (but a gin slushy wouldn’t be a bad thing anyway) so it is a fairly soft serve sorbet. It won’t freeze completely in the ice cream maker and will be more of a thick slushy consistency, but it will firm up a bit in the freezer overnight. Due to the large amount of gin and the slightly sharp flavour this is definitely a treat for adults only!

Gin and bitter lemon sorbet, a refreshing grown-up treat

Gin And Bitter Lemon Sorbet
  • 125g granulated or caster sugar
  • 30 juniper berries, bruised
  • 400ml carbonated bitter lemon
  • 125ml fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 75ml gin
  • 1 egg white
  1. Place the sugar, juniper berries and bitter lemon in a pan, bring up to a simmer and simmer gently for five minutes then remove from the heat and leave to cool. Stir in the lemon juice and gin and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Gently whisk the egg white in a large jug until just frothy then pass the lemon mixture through a sieve into the jug and whisk to combine. Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions; it will not freeze as firmly as usual due to the gin but should reach at least a thick slushy texture.
  3. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze overnight, it will remain a soft-serve consistency but will become firmer (unless you don't have a very powerful freezer in which case you may need to use less gin).

Gin and bitter lemon sorbetI was sent some products to review but I wasn’t paid to write this post and all opinions are my own

I am sharing this with Fiesta Friday hosted by A Taste Of Sri Lankan Cuisine and Of Goats And Greens, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday and Friday Features

14 Comments on Gin And Bitter Lemon Sorbet

  1. Ella
    May 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm (6 months ago)

    We’ve been passing juniper bushes in SoCal- if only we had the ability to freeze stuff in our backpacks, looks amazing!

    • hannahhossack
      May 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm (6 months ago)

      Oh that would be awesome! I’d love to try using fresh ones, I’ve only ever found dried. Hope you are having an awesome time on your travels, I’m rather jealous! x

  2. Hilda
    May 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m with your fiance on this one. Looks delicious with the gin and juniper berries to boot. I’m always looking for things to do with my local source of foraged juniper berries – a much underused spice. Thanks for posting this.

    • hannahhossack
      May 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm (6 months ago)

      From the small amount I managed to nab before he ate it all I can tell you that yes, it was delicious! I will be making more… Oh lucky you! I’ve never seen fresh ones for sale anywhere, only dried.

  3. Sally hossack
    May 9, 2016 at 8:11 am (6 months ago)

    Must try that one Hannah. Sounds perfect for a warm summer’s evening in the garden!

    • hannahhossack
      May 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm (6 months ago)

      It is! We really need to sort out the garden so we can sit out there…

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:36 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Angela πŸ™‚ They make a brilliant combination!

  4. Ahila
    May 14, 2016 at 3:16 am (5 months ago)

    Love this sorbet and its flavourful combination of juniper berries, lemon and gin! Thank you for bringing this to the fiesta, Hannah! πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:25 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Ahila! Can’t beat a boozy dessert πŸ˜›

  5. Sadia Mohamed
    May 15, 2016 at 3:38 am (5 months ago)

    This looks great Hannah! Perfect for the summer time now. Lovely photographs too. Thanks for sharing this at the fiesta friday. πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:23 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Sadia πŸ™‚ It is a wonderful refreshing summer dessert, I need to make another batch!

  6. Of Goats and Greens
    May 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m not crazy about gin, but maybe it’s the combo of gin and tonic I don’t like??? This looks appealing however, with the refreshing sorbet, and I’d gladly give it a try! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:21 am (5 months ago)

      Gin is my drink of choice and I love a good gin and tonic πŸ™‚ this sorbet tastes completely different to that though – much more lemony and you can reduce the amount of gin if you like so there’s just a hint


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