How to make Gin & Tonic Rock Candy

Sweet and simple, this Gin & Tonic rock candy sure to bring back a bit of nostalgia! Enjoy this old-timey seaside treat, in honour of February's Salcombe Gin Start Point.

Gin & Tonic Rock Candy

Gin Tonic rock candy

What You Need

475ml purified water
950g granulated white sugar
A few drops of Salcombe Gin
A few drops of flat tonic water
A tall glass or jar
A lolly stick or wooden skewer

What You Do

Bring your water to the boil on the hob, then add the sugar about 100g at a time. Stir completely, keeping the water at the boil, until all of the sugar is dissolved. As you go on, this will take longer, so be patient! Keep stirring after every addition until the water is clear.

Once every single grain of sugar has dissolved, allow the solution to cool for about 15 minutes, then add your flavouring. You’ll just need a few drops. If you’re using tonic, be sure that it’s flat before you use it. Stir through the flavouring and decant into the jar or glass you’re using to make your rock.

Wet a lolly stick or skewer and roll it in granulated sugar. Allow to dry completely before lowering it through the middle of the glass. Attach a clothespin to the base of the stick and rest it across the top of the glass, holding the skewer or stick in place. Cover the glass with a paper towel and store in a cool, dark place, away from noise and foot traffic. After a week or two, wedge your rock candy out of the jar and enjoy!