3 tasty ways to gin-soak your Pancake Day

What’s the key to making this Pancake Day better than the rest? Adding some gin into the equation, of course! From a cocktail to sip on while you flip away, to the delicious, boozy batches of pancakes themselves, these three gin-tastic recipes are all you need for the perfect Pancake Day. 

Start off with some…

Sloe Gin Pancakes

Image: Tastemade

Image: Tastemade

Recipe adapted from Matthew Clark

125g plain flour
15g caster sugar
Pinch salt
2 eggs
325ml milk
50ml double cream
1 ½ Tbsp. Sloe Gin
20g butter

Method:
1.    In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, eggs and 1/3 of the milk until you have a smooth, silky batter.
2.    Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk and the double cream to thin the batter, then cover it and set it aside to rest for about an hour.
3.    Before cooking, whisk the batter a few times and stir in the sloe gin.
4.    Brush a small frying pan with butter and place it over a medium heat.
5.    Using a ladle, pour in one ladleful of the batter into the middle of the pan and tilt it to make sure the entire base is covered in a thin layer of batter.
6.    Cook on each side for just a minute, moving the pancake to a warmed plate when done.
7.    Repeat this process for the rest of the batter until your pancakes are ready.

And why not fill them with this tasty…

Strawberry Gin Compote

Recipe adapted from Larder Love

300g gin-soaked strawberries*
300g fresh strawberries, chopped and hulled
400g granulated sugar
½ lemon, juiced

Method:
*For the gin-soaked strawberries:
Wash and chop 300g of fresh strawberries into quarters. In a bowl, combine the berries with 75ml of gin and cover the bowl with cling film and allow to rest overnight.

1.    Hull and chop 300g of fresh strawberries and combine with gin-soaked strawberries in a heavy pan.
2.    Add sugar and lemon juice to the berries and slowly bring the mixture to a boil.
3.    Let the mixture boil for approximately 15 minutes until it reaches its setting point (about 220C).
4.    Once set, spoon the mixture into jars. You can let the compote cool, or enjoy it warm in your pancakes.

Wash it all down with…

Buttermilk Gin Flip

Image: Serious Eats

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

1 egg
60ml gin
30ml buttermilk
15ml maple syrup
Ground nutmeg

Method:
1.    In a shaker, place a few ice cubes and the yolk of 1 egg. 
2.    Shake vigorously for a few seconds. 
3.    Open the shaker and fill it with ice. 
4.    Add the gin, buttermilk, the egg white and maple syrup and shake vigorously again for 20 seconds.
5.    Strain the mixture into a chilled glass and serve with ground nutmeg on top.
 

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