The refreshing flavor of Gin, lime, mint and Juniper berries makes for a delightful summertime treat, if only in ‘shooter size’ portions!
Gin and Tonic
Juniper berries have long been used to give Mediterranean food a distance aromatic flavor in cooking meats, sausage and slow simmered stews.
Remembering also, that juniper berries are what also give gin the distinct flavor. To intensify the flavor of the juniper berries I have allowed them to steep in gin, using the alcohol to extract a stronger tincture and flavor of the berry.
Since we are limited to the amount of liquor we can use in these delightful sorbets, since a higher alcohol content will prevent the sorbet from freezing, the extra juniper flavor intensifies the subtle gin presence in the fun frozen shooters.
These little treats can be made with or without an ice cream machine. Simply freeze the mixture until it is firm enough to scoop into little ball-shapes, placed in mini-cups and kept in the freezer until ready to ‘throw back’!
Gin and Tonic Sorbet ShootersCourse: Cocktails, Ice CreamCuisine: CocktailDifficulty: Easy
Refreshing gin and tonic, lime, juniper berry and mint sorbet shooters.
Juniper berries – 1 tbsp, crushed
Lime – 3, juice and zest
Mint – 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Gin – 1/4 cup
Tonic – 12 oz bottle
- Place the juniper berries and mint in a container with the gin, covered. Let it set an hour, or over night.
- Place the sugar and lime juice in a sauce pan and bring to a boil for about a minute. Remove from the stove, add tonic water, and strain the gin into the mixture. Chill.
- Pour into an ice cream maker, or a shallow freezable dish/pan. When sorbet is firm enough to scoop with a small spoon or melon baller, scoop little balls into mini baking paper cups (holds about 1 ½ tablespoons each).
- Work quickly, placing the cups onto a dish/pan that has been chilled. Store in closed container in freezer. Serve with a tiny wedge of lime or mint.