Here's how to make the best gin and tonic lemon drizzle cake

Here at Craft Gin Club, we think many desserts can be improved with the addition of gin, and this gorgeous, boozy loaf cake recipe is no exception!

Deliciously light and fluffy, this traditional lemon drizzle cake has been infused with all the yummy flavours of your favourite tipple - gin and tonic - and is kept beautifully juicy with a zingy citrus and gin icing to soak in over the top.

It’s a nice and simple loaf cake recipe that will delight your friends when they pop round for a G&T. You could also substitute the lemon for limes, for a twist on the recipe below.


Gin & Tonic Lemon Drizzle Cake


3 large eggs
240g butter at room temperature
240g caster sugar
240g self-raising flour
2 large lemons
200ml gin
25ml tonic water (optional)
130g granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 180C, 350F or Gas Mark 4. Cream butter and caster sugar together until light, fluffy and pale. Crack in the eggs, and beat until combined. Fold in the flour, then add grated zest of both lemons.

Add the juice of 1 lemon and 100ml of gin, then pour into a lined 1kg loaf tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and set aside while you make the drizzle.

Mix the remaining gin, sugar, tonic water and juice of 1 lemon in a bowl. Leave the cake in the tin and, whilst it’s still warm, prick the surface of the cake all over with a skewer, then poor over the drizzle.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin. It will look a bit messy, but as the drizzle soaks in and the cake cools, the sugar will crystallise to leave a crunchy topping. Decorate with slices of lemon, if you like!

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