Gin and Tonic Sorbet (You heard me)

Alternate title: Oh, Look At What I Done Did.

 
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Some weeks ago, Pam and Maggy of Three Many Cooks invited me and my family over for dinner. Maggy and I had been exchanging emails for some weeks, and really hit it off online. But normally, my shyness would have made me less ready to accept the invitation. More often than not, I’m perfectly happy staying in the background, letting typed-out words do the socializing for me. This time though, I said yes.

 
I didn’t start stressing about it until we were on the road. Then I started giving myself a pep talk. “Good grief, woman, just relax,” I’d remind myself. “Be yourself!” Then of course, the other voice started talking too. “Oh yeah? Be yourself? But yourself is a dork! A major goob!” By the time we finally pulled into their driveway, I was a mini-tangle of nerves. So nervous that when I stepped out of the car, I think part of my foot slipped out of my sandal and I almost—ALMOST—fell to the ground, still holding my camera. “Yep. I’m Dork, nice to meet you.”

 
Of course, I had no reason to be nervous. Maggy, Pam, and David could not have been more welcoming, and all my stress melted away. And almost as soon as we walked in the house, Pam offered us something to drink. Her recommendation: a gin and tonic.

 
I need to come clean here. As far as drinks go, I’m a lightweight. In fact, make that a featherweight. Airweight, if possible. Helium-weight even. You get the picture. A few sips of alcohol, and my cheeks are flushed and burning. I blame this on my dad, who gets just as red with a only few sips of anything potent. When I do have something to drink, it’s usually a beer. A light beer. And the smaller the bottle, the better.

 
But I took a sip of that gin and tonic, and loved it. It was so refreshing and light, and the way Pam made it was just right for me. And yes, it might have taken me the entire evening into night to finish my one drink, but let me tell you, I enjoyed it.

 
Now, if you know me and my current ice cream craze, it was only a matter of time before the idea of a gin and tonic sorbet crept into my brain. And once it got there, it wouldn’t budge.

 

 
 
I ran the idea by Maggy, who told me I should totally go for it. So I did. I think it’s great for an outdoor party, either served in between courses to cleanse your palate, or even as a refreshing appetizer. Better yet, even if you happen to leave it unattended, you don’t just end up with semi-melted sorbet; you end up with a nice cold shot of gin and tonic, albeit slightly sweet.

 
It took me a couple of tries to get just the right mix I wanted, and here is my recipe. I’m know I’m not much of a drinker, but if you’re thinking of making this a more potent sorbet by adding significantly more gin, you might end up with slush rather than sorbet. (Unless slush is what you’re going for, in which case, pour away!) Remember that alcohol won’t freeze, which is why you can store a bottle of vodka or gin in the freezer without any problems.

 
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Gin and Tonic Sorbet

1/2 cup sugar
1 large or 2 medium limes, zested and juiced
2 1/2 cups tonic water
3 fl. oz. shot gin

In a saucepan, make simple syrup by heating 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and add lime zest and juice. Let cool. Once cooled, add tonic water and gin. Taste it and make any adjustments according to taste. Let everything cool in the refrigerator, then strain into the bowl of your ice cream machine. Follow your machine’s directions to freeze the sorbet. Store in a freezer-proof container in the freezer to allow it to harden some more.

Serve in pretty little glasses garnished with more lime zest, thin little slices of lime, or rim the glass with lime sugar (a mix of lime zest and sugar pulsed together in the food processor).

 
 

 
 
Make this sorbet, keep it in the freezer, and the next time you have a cookout, surprise your guests with this. It’s absolutely refreshing, and a great way to cool down on a hot day.

 
In the meantime, take some out in the morning and tell everyone that you’re shooting photos for your blog.

 
Then “accidentally” leave it to melt.

 
And then do this.

 
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And then just go back to bed because that’s it, there’s no way your day can get any better.

 
 

29 Responses to Gin and Tonic Sorbet (You heard me)
  1. Paula
    May 29, 2010 | 12:18 pm

    What a lovely idea and it does look totally inviting and refreshing. This should be on every host’s *must serve* list. Thanks for posting. Now I’m really thirsty.
    BTW, you sound like me. Guess we are a couple of oxymorons, shy, basically private people who like to blog publicly. Go figure!

  2. Kirstin
    May 29, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    Genius! I’m also a complete lightweight with alcohol, though I did just make bourbon mint ice cream. Guess it’s the only way girls like us can handle booze, in dessert form :)

  3. JenniferA
    May 29, 2010 | 1:21 pm

    Oh my! Now you are speaking my language!!! This looks spectacular. My husband and I are both Tanqueray and tonic fans – this will have to be on my summer recipe list for sure.

  4. Amy
    May 29, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    I’m the same way when I drink. My cheeks usually look like I’ve got a fever. But this, this looks worth the red cheeks and all. It looks perfectly pleasing in so many ways. And you’ve totally got me thinking of all kinds of combos/possibilities.

  5. Piee
    May 29, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    oh my….I need to get me some of that. by the way, gorgeous photos.

  6. Wendy
    May 29, 2010 | 6:41 pm

    mmmmmm… cool…delightful… want to try this! But is it 1/2 cup of sugar? Or 1/2… tablespoon? Or…? I’m presuming 1/2c, but….. ??

    • ivoryhut
      May 29, 2010 | 6:58 pm

      It’s 1/2 cup sugar. I just fixed it. Did I mention I’m a dork?

  7. Gigi
    May 29, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    Looks so like a perfect summer drink!

  8. Debs
    May 30, 2010 | 3:41 am

    Wow, I used to drink far too much until I got cancer earlier this year. Now I’m a lightweight too LOL. Anyway I do enjoy the occasional G&T, even a V&T sometimes too.

    This sounds delicious & I have to make some soon. My OH used to always drink Gin, but now for some reason he’s into Vodka.

    Can I steal your recipe & make a Vodka version instead?

    Brilliant photos too BTW.

  9. Mercedes
    May 30, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    Wow! you just got me. I have discovered the best snack ever… I’m sure my friends will be really happy when they try this :)

  10. Maggy@ThreeManyCooks
    May 31, 2010 | 9:22 am

    Erika, this post had us belly-laughing out loud. You are so funny. And totally not a goob (although I will continue to call you that, because the name is just too good.) I’m so happy that we introduced you to the G&T so that you could make this fine creation. I’m literally speechless. Needless to say, we’ll have this made at the Anderson house in no time! Also, I was totally nervous too. I think I changed clothes like three times before you came over, haha. So funny that within 90 seconds we were like old friends. All that fretting for nothing.

  11. Tracy
    May 31, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    What a wonderful and refreshing idea!

  12. Michelle
    May 31, 2010 | 6:48 pm

    What an elegant looking sorbet! Love the lime squiggles!

  13. Cookin' Canuck
    May 31, 2010 | 7:27 pm

    I love the “accidental” part at the end. This sorbet is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to try it.

  14. Liam O'Malley
    June 1, 2010 | 10:17 am

    I really don’t think I’m going to be able to put off an ice-cream maker purchase much longer. Gin and tonic sorbet? Really? That just looks amazing. Brilliant, even.

  15. Jen @ How To: Simplify
    June 1, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    G&Ts…now we’re talking. This sorbet sounds awesome!

  16. anna
    June 3, 2010 | 10:06 pm

    That looks incredible! I’m currently sweating like crazy…I also recently just developed a taste for gin & tonics, they’re incredibly refreshing.

  17. chris
    June 15, 2010 | 7:22 pm

    about how much sorbet does this recipe yield? i’m trying to adjust the amount of ingredients to the size of my ice cream maker.

    • ivoryhut
      June 18, 2010 | 8:35 pm

      Oh my goodness, sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier! This makes about 1 quart.

  18. sippitysup
    June 16, 2010 | 7:59 pm

    This is really a tempting idea! GREG

  19. Georgia Pellegrini
    June 28, 2010 | 6:22 pm

    I just developed a bit of an obsession with you and this site after seeing this post. Is that okay?

  20. [...] drink at home when a couple weeks later, Ms. Hut posts two intriguing recipes on her site – gin & tonic sorbet and then a green mango margarita sorbet.  First, she was totally singing my song with the gin and [...]

  21. Chris
    August 11, 2010 | 8:48 pm

    Amazing. Want this. Need this.

  22. Adryon
    April 7, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    I don’t know what unholy rock I’ve been under that I never saw this but I’m glad I climbed out.

    Making. This. Stat.

  23. cassie
    April 15, 2011 | 9:19 pm

    hi! i would love to try this. this might be a silly question but where do you buy lime in the philippines? cuz i can’t seem to find any. thanks!

  24. Imelda Evans
    March 29, 2012 | 10:49 pm

    Oh my, oh my, oh my. I just did a post on cocktails and if you don’t mind, I’d love to follow up with a link to this post of yours. This sounds FANTASTIC. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of it. It’s a perfect flavour for sorbet! Thank you for doing the prototype!

  25. Nikki
    January 26, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Is there any way to do this if u dont have an ice cream machine?

  26. Tim Powell
    June 23, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    A long overdue “thank you”. I have been making this for 3 summers now. When guests are invited to dinner, they often ask,”Are we having gin and tonic sorbet?” It has become a staple in our freezer. It is delicious and refreshing. So, thank you for sharing this great recipe.

    • ivoryhut
      July 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

      That right there made my day. Thank you, Tim!

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