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Gin and tonic gelatin


I hope everyone had a great weekend. Yesterday when I was at the beach, I was reading a magazine that said that a student at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka discovered a way to cook rice that can reduce the calories by as much as 50 percent, and offered other added health benefits. The method instructs you to add coconut oil to the boiling water before adding the raw rice. When the rice is cooked, let it rest for 12 hours in the fridge. That’s it.

I am not very good in chemistry, but I thought I would try it. Reduce the calories by fifty percent ?!?! I better do it!

Even if that sounds good (for me), what I have for you today is completely different, and perhaps a little sinful. To be clear, this is a dessert for adults, as it contains alcohol and even if it didn’t, I’m not sure kids would like the flavor. Today, I made a gin and tonic gelatin. You will surprise your guests. Who expects a gin and tonic gelatin? Not me!

For those of you following my blog on Facebook, you saw that I posted a gin and tonic popsicle. Yes, yes… I like gin and tonics. In Spain, gin and tonics are very popular, with some bars specializing only in this drink. So, forgive me and allow me to indulge in this tasty and refreshing summer cocktail.

When I made this gin and tonic gelatin, I made a simple strawberry puree. The puree is not the main ingredient in this recipe, just an accompaniment. You could also serve the gelatin with a sorbet, such as lemon, watermelon or another that is refreshing and light.

I took the gelatin out of the mold (a small glass), and placed it on the plate with the puree. You could also serve it on a small glass and add the sorbet on top of the gelatin. That would be good, I highly recommend serving it with something and not just the gelatin by itself.

For the recipe, I used shot glasses. I made 4 servings.


– 2 sheets of gelatin

– 1/2 cup water

– 1 1/2 oz gin (40ml)

– 1.5 oz tonic (50ml)

– Juice of 1/2 lemon

In a bowl, mix the 1/2 cup water with the 2 sheets of gelatin. Meanwhile, heat the tonic in a small saucepan on medium heat. Heat it until you just begin to see some bubbles. You don’t want the tonic to boil. Remove from the heat, and set aside.

Pour the water and gelatin mixture through a mesh strainer (or small slotted spoon). Mix the gelatin with the tonic in the saucepan and stir very gently until the gelatin is melted. Add the gin and then the lemon. Stir.

Pour the mixture into small molds or small glasses. Leave it in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours.

Ready to serve!

Bon profit!

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Gin and tonic gelatin

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