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  1. Luxury Gin & Tonic Bundt Cake 

    Worsley Gin!

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    Learn to make this delicious gin and tonic Bundt cake with award winning wedding cake maker, ‘Kate Tynan’ of Little Button Bakery.

    Gin is fast becoming one of the most popular spirits of the 21st century.  There are so many different varieties available and new distilleries are popping up all the time.  Gin and tonic is most definitely one of my all time favourite tipples and I love discovering new gin brands and different flavours to try.

    One of my most recent discoveries on my craft gin journey has been Worsley Gin.  Actually made less than 20 miles away from where I live, it would have been rude not to give it a try!  With a blend of juniper, pink grapefruit and herbs with a delicate floral finish, Worsley Gin is certainly going to become one of my go to tipples, and is my favourite of the Manchester based Gins available.

    Not only did Worsley Gin taste good in a glass, it also packs a flavoursome punch in this simple to make, yet absolutely delicious, gin and tonic Bundt cake.  I chose a Bundt tin rather than a traditional cake tin for this recipe as Bundt cakes just look so pretty when you turn them out, particularly with the gin glaze in this recipe.  A great centerpiece for a summer barbeque or a garden party.

    The Bundt cake will serve 12-16 people.

    Read on to discover the recipe and how to make it.

    Luxury Gin & Tonic Bundt Cake

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    You will need:

    Equipment:

    • 1 x Bundt tin (I like the Nordicware Bundt tins – available on Amazon)
    • Stand mixer if you have one or a large bowl and wooden spoon if not
    • 2 x small saucepan
    • 1 x small bowl
    • 1 x fine grater
    • 1 x citrus juicer
    • I x sieve

     Preparation: 

    • Turn your oven on to 180°C, 160°C if fan assisted or gas mark 4.
    • Grease your Bundt tin with butter and lightly flour the inside.  Or you can use a baking spray.

    Ingredients for the Luxury Gin & Tonic Bundt cake:

    • 400g salted butter at room temperature
    • 8 tbsp whole milk
    • 20 juniper berries
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 6 medium free range eggs (organic if possible)
    • 400g self raising flour
    • 4 limes
    • 2 lemons

    Ingredients for the Luxury Gin and Tonic syrup:

    • 150ml Worsley Gin
    • 150ml premium tonic
    • 100g caster sugar

    Ingredients for the Luxury Gin glaze:

    • 150g icing sugar sifted
    • 2tbsp Worsley Gin
    • Lime zest to decorate
    • Lime slices or dehydrated lime slices to decorate

    Method:

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    • First crush the juniper berries with the back of a spoon or a pestle and mortar if you have one and add them to the milk in the small saucepan. Heat gently to infuse the milk and allow to cool slightly. Do not boil the milk.
    • Add the butter and caster sugar to the stand mixer and cream together on a medium speed until light and fluffy and pale in colour – cream together in a bowl with a wooden spoon if you do not have a mixer

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    • Add the eggs once at a time and mix until each one is combined.  Don’t worry if the mixture looks a little curdled at this point. 
      TOP TIP: break the eggs into a cup first in case any eggs may be off and to avoid stray pieces of shell getting into your cake mix.
    • Sift the flour into the mixture and mix until combined.
    • Zest the limes and lemons.  Reserve some of the lime zest for decoration. Add the remaining zest to the sponge mixture and lightly mix.
    • Juice 3 the limes and add this juice to the mixture.
    • Using a sieve, strain the juniper berries from the milk (discard the berries) and add the juniper infused milk to the mixture and mix.  Stop when it’s just combined.
      TOP TIP: you may want to sift your icing sugar for the glaze before you do this so you don’t make your sieve wet.
    • Add the mixture to the prepared Bundt tin and smooth down the top.
    • Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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    Making the Luxury Gin and Tonic syrup:

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    • While the cake is cooking, make the gin syrup.
    • Add the Worsley Gin, the sugar, tonic and juice of half the remaining lime to a small saucepan.
    • Heat over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved.

    Adding the syrup:

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    • Once the cake is cooked, take it out of the oven but leave it in the tin.
    • Using your skewer, poke lots of holes into the bottom of the cake and lightly pour the gin and tonic syrup over the holes.
    • Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin or it may break when trying to remove it.

    Making the gin glaze:

    • In a small bowl, sift in the icing sugar.
    • Add the Worsley Gin and stir until incorporated and there are no lumps.
    • The glaze should run off the spoon.  Add a little splash of tonic if needed.

    Adding the gin glaze:

    • Once the cake is cool, remove it carefully from the tin and place on a wire rack.
    • Pour the gin glaze over the cake and allow it to run down the sides.
      TOP TIP: You may want to place a piece of greaseproof paper or cling film under the wire rack to catch the glaze drips.
    • Decorate the cake with the reserved lime zest and lime slices.
    • Let the glaze set before putting the cake on a serving plate.

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    This gin and tonic cake would make a delicious dessert for a summer barbeque or a garden party.  Serve it paired with a large glass of Worsley Gin and tonic over ice.  The winning combination! 

    This recipe was brought to you by Kate Tynan, owner of award winning Manchester based wedding cake company, Little Button Bakery.  To find out more about Kate and her work, you can visit her website here: www.littlebuttonbakery.co.uk or find her on Facebook or Instagram on : Little Button Bakery

    We’d love to see your Worsley Gin and tonic bakes! Please share your photos with us on social media and tag #worsleygin and #littlebuttonbakery

  2. Summer is here, the pubs are opening again and we are definitely ready to get social (in a socially distanced way of course!). These 5 summer gin cockatils are perfect for getting the garden party started in 2020, and we can personally vouch that each of these will give you that refreshing "ahhhh" moment from the very fist sip!

    1. The Worsley Berry Smash

    Summer Gin Cocktails

    Ingredients:

    50 ml Worsley Gin

    15ml Bols Strawberry Liqueeur

    10ml Lemon Juice

    Handful of Strawberries

    Soda Water 

    Ice

    Mint to Garnish

     

    Method

    Using a muddler (or if you dont have a muddler the back of a spoon does the trick) give a couple of the strawberries a bruising to unlock their flavour and colour. Add the smushed strawberries to a long glass filled with ice and then pour over the Worsley. Add the lemon juice and strawberry liqueur and give a strong stir. Top up with soda and garnish with the remaining strawberries and mint. This recipe is perfect for sitting in the garden on a summers evening!

     

    2. The Worsley Lemon Drizzle

    Lemon Gin Cocktail

    Ingredients:

    50ml Worsley Gin

    15ml Limoncello

    1 Fresh Orange

    1 Fresh Lemon

    Tonic Water

    Ice

    Mint to Garnish

     

    Method

    Add ice to your favourite glass and pour over the Worsley Gin. Add the Limoncello, and then top up with the tonic. Squeeze in the juice from the orange and add slices of lemon - the more you add the more zingy this will become! Garnish with a mint sprig and voila this will refresh your palette after a long day!

     

    3. The Worsley & Tonic

    Gin and Tonic

    Ingredients

    50ml Worsley Gin

    Schweppes Signature Light Tonic

    Grapefruit

    Basil

    Ice

     

    Method

    In a long glass or copa add a generous portion of ice, and pour over the Worsley. Add the slices of grapefruit, giving them a slight squeeze as you add them to the glass, and then rub the basil between your hands to unlock the oils before placing in the glass. Finish by topping up with the Schweppes Signature Light Tonic and take your first refreshing sip. Perfect!

    4. The Boothstown Boozy Gin Smoothie

    Boozy Smoothie

    Ingredients

    50ml Worsley Gin

    15ml Blackcurrant Cordial

    Frozen Berries (you can choose yoru favourites!)

    Rose Lemonade

    Ice

    Mint Garnish

     

    Method

    Add all of the ingredients into a blender and give it a good old blitz. It is as simple as that! This one is basically a grown up slush puppie - and we love them!

     

    5. The Worsley Ginjito

    Summer Gin Cocktail L

    Ingredients

    50ml Worsley Gin

    15ml Sugar Syrup

    15ml Lime Juice

    Mint sIngredientsprigs

    Brown Sugar

    Soda Water

    Basil to garnish

     

    Method

    In a glass add the ice and tear the mint springs with a sprinkle of brown sugar into the glass. If you have a muddler then give it a muddle, if you don't have a muddler then give it a stir with a spoon so that the mint and sugar is distributed throughout the glass. Add the liquid ingredients and garnish with some fresh basil. If you want to make this extra boozy then why not substitute the soda water for Cava or Prosecco?

     

    We hope that these recipes give you some summer inspiration - which one will you check out first?