Prawn scampi: made with gin!

Some things are made for each other. Let’s face it, where would gin be without tonic?

Where would fish be without chips? Where would salt be without pepper?

But what if we could have the best of all worlds and use our favourite drink to make one of our favourite dishes. As the current gin boom continues unabated, our drink of choice is appearing in more and more popular recipes – some expected and some not.

Over the years, we’ve tried gin ice cream and gin cheesecake. We’ve nibbled on gin After Eight mints and eaten lashings of gin curry. We’ve had lemon tart with gin, gin pasta and even gin milkshakes.

But this is a new one for us – prawns in gin and tonic batter.

Once again, our dear friend gin plays a starring role in the delightfully light and crispy batter that make these prawns so crisp and crunchy. Plus, we share our recipe for a delicate lemon mayonnaise which perfectly complements the crispy gin and tonic batter and juicy prawns, This is one you might want to try at home. It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious.

This recipe will serve two people comfortably. We’ll leave the chips to you.

Prawn scampi in gin and tonic batter (with lemon mayonnaise)

Ingredients:

300g of raw prawns, shelled and de-veined

200g plain flour

75 ml gin

100 ml tonic

1 pinch of salt

Vegetable oil

For the lemon mayo:

2 egg yolks

1 tbspn Dijon mustard

300ml veg oil

Salt and pepper

1/2 lemon (juice only)

Garnish:

Coriander leaves

Sliced red chilli

Lime wedges

Method:

Pre-heat the fryer to 190c.

Whisk together the flour, gin, tonic and slat. Dip each prawn in the batter and fry for 1 minute.

Drain onto kitchen paper and season with salt.

Whisk together the egg yolks and mustard, slowly add the oil and then add the lemon juice.

To serve:

Place the prawns on a serving plate and drizzle over the lemon mayo.

Sprinkle over the coriander and chilli then dot with lime wedges.


Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)

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Ice cream made with gin: a very refreshing recipe for the summer!

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The dog days of Summer are here and we’re sure that the gins are already out and the ice cubes are stacking up in the freezer. But sometimes, just drinking gin isn’t enough. What if you could eat it?

Never fear, your dreams have just come true.

So, as the temperature climbs, why not cool down with some delicious gin and tonic ice cream.

Here’s one of our favourite recipes for you to try out at home (in 5 easy steps).

Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. You could even stick a couple of flakes in the top and pretend it’s just a 99 from Mr. Whippy (although you may not fool your friends, who will all want to try this cool G&T treat!)

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  1. Pour one cup of sugar directly into a mixing bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 125ml of tonic water and 3 tablespoons of gin
  2. Stir all ingredients together until they start to dissolve
  3. Pour in 600ml of cream
  4. Whip it good! Beat the cream with a whisk until it thickens up like a decent milkshake (think McDonald’s). Try not to over do the whipping!
  5. Transfer the contents into a freezer-proof container and allow to freeze.

It really is as easy as that – so whip some up for your friends and relatives and let us know what you think of the ultimate summer cooler!

And don’t forget to share all your photos on our fabulous instagram pages!

Recommendation: Any gin will do for this recipe, but we recommend Bertha’s Revenge from Ireland (see Gin of the Month). This gin is rich and creamy (just as well since it’s made fermented from real Irish milk). The perfect base for a gin ice cream. 

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Thank you Bertha!


Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)

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