Gin and Tonic Tarts (Lemon Tarts with Gin & Tonic Syrup)

Gin & Tonic Tarts

Can’t choose between a cocktail and dessert?  Well, you can have both with these Gin and Tonic Tarts!

This fun adults only twist on a lemon tart is as delicious as it sounds. And if you don’t like Gin don’t be put off because the Gin flavour is quite subtle when compared to the lemon. In fact, if you love lemon tarts these tarts deliver in a double whammy with both a beautiful lemon filling and a tangy Gin, lemon and tonic syrup. Having said that though the tarts are not overwhelmingly zingy, so if you like a really tangy lemon tart feel free to kick up the quota of lemon juice and zest.

For the Gin portion of this recipe feel free to use your favourite Gin, I used Beefeater which is what I had on hand, however I feel that Bombay Sapphire would work best in this recipe as the herbal qualities would add an extra dimension.

Serve with a dollop of double cream and a drizzle of syrup.

So tell me, what cocktail would you like to make into a dessert?

Gin & Tonic Tarts

Gin & Tonic Tarts

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Gin and Tonic Tarts
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Adapted from Delicious: Simply the Best by Valli Little
Serves: 8
  • 200g of plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup (35g) of icing sugar, sifted
  • 75g of chilled unsalted butter, chopped into cubes
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup (60ml) of cold tonic water
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 mls of cream
  • 80g of caster sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2-3 lemons to 100ml
  • 30ml of Gin
  • 75g of caster sugar
  • 125ml of tonic water
  • thinly paired zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 30ml of Gin
  • 3 juniper berries, lightly bruised
  1. Start by making the pastry. In the bowl of a food processor add the flour and icing sugar and process to combine. Add the lemon zest and butter and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and tonic water and process until the mixture starts to come together. Remove from the food processor and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (355 Fahrenheit) and lightly grease 8 10cm loose bottom mini tart tins. Roll out the pastry until roughly 5mm thick and then cut circles from the pastry that are 2 cm larger in diameter than the tart tin. Line the each tart tin and trim excess. Chill for 15 minutes before lining with baking paper and filling with pastry weights. Bake for 10 minutes before removing the weights and baking for a further 5 minutes or until dry and lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. For the filling whisk together the eggs, caster sugar, lemon zest and juice. Add the cream and gin and whisk until combined. Carefully divide the filling between the mini tarts and bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the filling is just set. Set aside to cool.
  4. While the tarts are baking prepare the syrup. Place the caster sugar, tonic water and lemon juice in a saucepan over a low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the gin and juniper berries and zest and bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  5. Serve the tarts with a dollop of cream and a drizzle of syrup.
1. Juniper berries are available in the spice aisle of supermarkets and delis. 2. I find the best way to trim the pastry for the tarts is to use a rolling pin and roll over the top of the tarts and the excess will come away easily.




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  1. Joanne T Ferguson August 14, 2012  3:27 pm Reply

    YUM! Definitely on the list to do!
    Thanks for inspiring me with that next entertaining recipe! WHOO HOO!

  2. Erin @ she cooks, she gardend August 14, 2012  3:32 pm Reply

    Oh my, these sound excellent. Gin and tonic is my drink of choice so these will go down a treat. I reckon a pina colada cupcake would be awesome, too.

    • Jennifer August 14, 2012  8:01 pm Reply

      Mmm pina colada cupcakes sound fantastic Erin :D Great idea ;)

  3. Rosa August 14, 2012  5:50 pm Reply

    Delicious tarts! A very original flavor.



  4. Anne August 14, 2012  6:51 pm Reply

    These look absolutely delicious! I make the usual lemon tarts but these are that extra bit special! Thanks for a great blog!

    • Jennifer August 14, 2012  8:04 pm Reply

      You're welcome Anne :D

  5. Amanda August 14, 2012  10:44 pm Reply

    Oh, I do love the idea of these, but I reckon Brandy Alexanders would make a pretty great tart too.

  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 15, 2012  6:17 am Reply

    What a fun twist on the classic lemon tart, these are just beautiful!

  7. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 15, 2012  9:42 am Reply

    Jennifer, these are brilliant! I love the gin and tonic idea with a lemony base. These are just perfect. :)

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 15, 2012  10:07 am Reply

    Your lemon tarts themselves already look delicious and your twist with gin and tonic on these make it even better! I think all the adults will be hogging up these delicious goodness!! :D

  9. Amy August 15, 2012  11:27 am Reply

    Gin + tonic + pastry = a match made in heaven!
    These look absolutely beautiful, and so worthy for a cocktail party :)

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 15, 2012  12:22 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous idea Jennifer! And perfect for that dinner party of that sparkling afternoon tea too! ;)

  11. Choc Chip Uru August 15, 2012  2:13 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous tart :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 15, 2012  2:33 pm Reply

    I love a gin and tonic in a glass so a tart would make it even better. I could have something in both hands! They look so pretty.

  13. Amy August 15, 2012  6:12 pm Reply

    What beautiful photos ... so fresh and inviting. I'd like to turn Baileys into a dessert. Mmmm.

  14. thelittleloaf August 15, 2012  6:14 pm Reply

    This is such a fun idea! I love lemon tart, but can imagine the gin and tonic give this an extra special tang. Very cool :-)

  15. Hotly Spiced August 15, 2012  9:21 pm Reply

    What a fun name for a dessert. And these looks so perfect. I bet they have an amazing flavour xx

  16. kyleen August 16, 2012  11:21 am Reply

    This little tart looks delectable! I wish I were old enough to drink slash buy gin so I could make this!

  17. Natalie August 16, 2012  2:30 pm Reply

    Umm, you say to add the cream and Gin to the much cream? Unless I have been taste testing too much Gin, I can't seem to find the cream in the ingredients!LOL! I just added 200ml...I hope that's not too much. I've decided to call mine Dirty little tarts! Thanks!

    • Jennifer August 16, 2012  4:29 pm Reply

      Hi Natalie,

      Sorry I omitted that. It's 150 mls of cream. I hope you enjoy them! :D

  18. suzanne Perazzini August 16, 2012  8:45 pm Reply

    I would use rum to make a dessert. It is already naturally sweet and I love the caramel flavour.

  19. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 16, 2012  11:54 pm Reply

    Gin and tonic was my favorite drink in my collage years, oh, so many memories.
    These tart are so pretty Jennifer. going on my must-baking list!

  20. Kankana August 17, 2012  8:23 am Reply

    I love anything citrusy and lemon .. oh yeah! I got to make this for some party. With gin in it .. people will love it :)

  21. Jenny August 17, 2012  10:10 am Reply

    My mum would love these, gin and tonic s her favourite drink - I might treat her to some of these next time I'm home.

    I'm really into cocktail cupcakes at the moment, my last ones were Cosmo cupcakes and they were very tasty indeed.

  22. Moya August 17, 2012  3:29 pm Reply

    Love the photographs Jennifer, not a fan of gin but would be very happy to sit down and have your take on a gin and tonic... delicious! A Pina Colada would be also nice made into a dessert! You must be super excited about your very special day coming up! :)

  23. Sara (Belly Rumbles) August 18, 2012  1:42 am Reply

    Perfect recipe for me to make on Fathers' Day for my dad, he loves a good G&T :)

  24. Mariette August 19, 2012  8:50 am Reply

    Oh my, oh my! These little tarts look absolutely devine! I'm not realy a gin fan, but you have just persuaded me! My husband would love these, so I'm going to surprize him!

    I love Strawberry Daquiries and Margarithas! What would you make with them in mind?

  25. muppy August 19, 2012  9:51 pm Reply

    they look so lovely, yum!

  26. Richa August 23, 2012  8:16 am Reply

    you had me at gin and tonic!


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