Gin Diaries Recipes

Third Blog Birthday! | Burleighs Gin and Tonic Jelly Recipe

January 4, 2017

Hello, Happy New Year and Welcome Back to regular posts. Today I’m sharing a recipe in celebration of my blog’s third birthday, Burleighs Gin and Tonic Jelly!

I can’t believe how much has happened in three years of blogging. Last year I shared a little round up, but this year I thought I’d start my first post of the year as I mean to go on… With a recipe! I actually road tested this on New Year’s Eve, it really is a recipe fit for any celebration. I have adapted from Nigella’s original recipe using different flavouring ideas, but the ratios for the gin jelly setting are perfect, so don’t alter them!

Gin and Tonic Jelly

The gin I used in the jelly, Burleighs, is a craft distilled London Dry made in Leicester. So a fairly local gin to me now I’m living in the Midlands. The gin itself is wonderfully light for a London Dry, they use 11 botanicals including silver birch, dandelion, burdock and elderberries. All of these ingredients were found by the creator of Burleighs in the woods close to the distillery, which is wonderful!

Burleighs Gin and Tonic Jelly Recipe

I found the gin, when trying neat over ice, to be wonderfully smooth and it is perfect for a classic gin and tonic. Try it with an orange wedge to play on the spicier notes or grapefruit to pull the citrus through. I also highly recommend making a Martini or French 75 with Burleighs, the gin is also perfect for cocktails.

Burleighs Gin and Tonic Jelly

I played around with the flavours when making my jelly, settling with raspberry and orange for it. (After trying both lemon and lime originally). I found these fruits play to the gin really well and take the edge off the kick. I highly recommend serving with a tonic water granita, just use a G&T Granita recipe without adding the gin. If you can’t be bothered though, a fruit sorbet is also a great accompaniment.

Burleighs Gin and Tonic Jelly
A wonderful jelly with a gin kick!
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Gin and Tonic Orange Jelly
  1. 150 ml Water
  2. 150g Caster sugar
  3. Zest and juice of 1 orange
  4. 200 ml Tonic water (NOT slimline)
  5. 100 ml Burleighs Gin
  6. 14 g Gelatine leaves
Gin and Tonic Raspberry Jelly
  1. 150 ml Water
  2. 150g Caster sugar
  3. 100g Rapsberries, blended and sieved to remove pips etc. (+ Extra raspberries to serve).
  4. 200 ml Tonic water (NOT slimline)
  5. 100 ml Burleighs Gin
  6. 14 g Gelatine leaves
Gin and Tonic Orange Jelly
  1. Put the 150ml water and the caster sugar into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes then take off the heat.
  2. Add in the orange zest and for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture into a jug, then add the orange juice.
  3. Soak the gelatine leaves in a dish of cold water for 5 minutes to soften.
  4. Warm the gin and tonic in a saucepan until hot but not boiling. Take off the heat and then squeeze out the gelatine leaves and stir them into the warm gin and tonic mixture until dissolved.
  5. Add to the jug of the orange juice mixture making sure it is thoroughly dispersed. Pour this mixture into a jelly mould and, when cool, put in the fridge to set. This should take about 4 hours.
Gin and Tonic Raspberry Jelly
  1. NB. This is similar to the above.
  2. Instead of orange, add the strained raspberry mixture to the water/sugar mix. Strain the raspberry/water/sugar mix into the measuring jug. Making sure the raspberry bits are gone.
  3. Do the same with the gin, tonic and gelatine as before, then stir the raspberry mix into it.
  4. Leave to cool slightly, pour over the jelly already in the mould and pop back in the fridge.
  1. Make sure you use leaf gelatine, I attempted with powder and could not get it to set.
  2. You can make it boozeless of course!
  3. Also you can experiment with different fruits to colour the jelly as well as different alcohol if gin is not your thing.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
I imagine you can make this recipe vegetarian, using pectin instead. If you’re good at veggie jelly let me know how you’d make it and I’d gladly add it into this post (with credit of course!) I don’t want to alienate anyone from being able to make this.

Like I said the jelly is brilliant for any celebration! Dr W’s birthday is coming up soon so I may have to make again and I hope you enjoy it if you make it.

Have you made boozy jelly before? Or will you give it a go? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thanks to Burleighs for sending me the gin to try out and experiment with! As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.


  • Reply Lauren January 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Looks and sounds amazing – I love a good boozy jelly!
    Elle Bloggs

  • Reply Erin Ek Rush January 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    If I get brave I will try this for my boozy book club I am hosting at the end of the month! It looks great!

  • Reply Planet Jodie January 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    This sounds like a fab creation for almost any celebration! 🙂 x

  • Reply LilyLipstick January 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe x

  • Reply Karen Clough January 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Gin? Jelly? Where do I sign!? haha
    The only problem with this would be stopping my little girl from getting her hands on it and explaining it’s a “mummy jelly” haha

  • Reply Dannii January 5, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Gin and tonic in a jelly? I’m sold! That would be so fun to serve at an adult version of a kids birthday party.

  • Reply Jaye January 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Bookmarking this for my birthday/my mum’s birthday/special occasions/sundays

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