Gin and Tonic Sorbet (and Cocktail)

Published On February 18, 2013 | By Peter Georgakopoulos | Cocktails, Food, Gin

While many of our readers are looking forward to spring, here in Australia, we are wrapping up summer. My favourite cocktail in the summer months is definitely a Gin and Tonic. Piled with ice and garnished with a slice of lime, this quintessential British cocktail manages to tick all the right boxes. It’s cool, refreshing and a great thirst quencher. And while I don’t plan on wearing a tweed jacket and speaking with an accent any time soon, every time I enjoy a “G & T” (as we say here in Australia) I almost feel British.

The drink’s history goes back to the colonial days of British India. In order to mask the flavour of the bitter tasting and malaria-fighting quinine found in the tonic, British troops added gin to the mix. This made it easier to drink and take their medicine at the same time!

Whilst I still enjoy the occasional gin and tonic on a sultry Sydney evening, today I’ve gone for something a little more adventurous. I’ve turned this cocktail into a sorbet. This can easily be served as a palate cleanser between courses or as a grand finish to your next dinner party. Just be wary though. One small scoop is plenty and quite strong in taste, so don’t serve too much. Enjoy each mouthful slowly, and savour the delight of this icy, lime infused dessert.



Peter Georgakopoulos is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at Souvlaki for the Soul.

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Peter Georgakopoulos
is our resident Australian, and with a knack for creating delicious meals, we often put him on food duty. Peter is the blogger at Souvlaki For The Soul. Follow Peter on twitter @souvlakiman.

23 Responses to Gin and Tonic Sorbet (and Cocktail)

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  3. Salvador says:

    I think I recognize that sorbet from a post in The Ivory Hut blog back in 2010: Looks almost identical, except you use a tad more gin. Did you adapt your recipe from hers?

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  5. This couldn’t come at a better time, this is just the one two punch what my sore throat needs!

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  8. Love a good gin and tonic! You could feel British, but Spanish is certainly an option. They’re obsessed with them here ( And I can see (taste) why!

  9. Richie says:

    I Love your blog;thank you very much for the interesting ideas.|I really like your blog;thanks for the great ideas.}

  10. Ok, I can die now. My life is complete. Eat gin and tonic sorbet, die of happiness.

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  13. Zadi says:

    Man oh man. How have I never thought of this?

    This may be the most brilliant idea I’ve heard in a long time. Gin and tonic… in crunchy desserty ice mode! This must happen.

  14. Majorvox says:

    Definitely doing this for this coming Memorial day BBQ, 9 hour slow smoked ribs finished with a scoop of this! OH H, E, double hocky sticks YES!

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  17. Katie says:

    I am so excited to try this!! My favourite cocktail as a sorbet…thank you!

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  20. angelo says:

    you can also use a cheese grater with the frozen drink cubes, but be quick about putting it in the freezer. Or eat it asap, kinda like Italian ice.

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