A couple of weeks ago a friend suggested gin and elderflower macarons to me. I got very excited about the idea and after a little thought and consideration I decided the best way to do this would me to put a little jelly in the middle. This is what I decided to make. Naturally it made far too much for one batch of macaron so I made some individual dessert portions. Naturally Hubby and I struggled through and ate them.
3x Gelatine leaf
125g Caster sugar
150ml Tonic water
- Put the gelatine leaves in a bowl with some water until they are just covered. Leave these to soak for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the sugar in a saucepan with 200mls of water and bring to the boil whilst stirring.
- Once this has boiled for about 5-10 minutes it should be nice a syrupy. Put this to one side to cool for a few minutes.
- Stir in the gin, tonic and juice of 3 limes to the syrup.
- Decant into a jug to make it easier to pour and remove any froth.
- Pour into individual glasses and put into the fridge to set, at least over night is best.
Serve with a lime wedge or zest.
Next time I am going to layer the jellies, one gin and tonic and one lime. This should jazz up its appearance and hopefully mellow the strength of the gin.
I used Tanqueray Gin for this jelly because although it has a high alcohol content it has a more delicate gin flavour than some of the cheaper brands. Its all down to personal taste so if you prefer another brand then use that.
Look how clear it was….!