Gin and Tonic Drizzle Cake

gin and tonic drizzle cake recipe The Jam Jar

Who doesn’t love a gin and tonic on a warm summer’s day? The summer we’re currently having here in London isn’t particularly warm, or summery so I figured I’d bring summer indoors and try my hand at making a gin and tonic cake, perfect with a cup of tea (or something stronger). The recipe for this cake is based on my lemon drizzle cake, the only difference is the addition of lime zest, as well as lemon, a couple of shots of gin and a little more flour than usual to prevent the cake from being too wet. And don’t forget the gin and tonic syrup. This cake is deliciously moist with only a hint of gin and tonic, if you want more gin flavour you could add powdered dried juniper berries to the mixture, or simply up the amount of gin in the syrup. Personally i’m not a big fan of overly alcoholic cakes, so this amount of gin is perfect for me (I’ll settle for an actual gin and tonic on the side instead).

This recipe makes one very (very) large loaf cake, if your loaf tin isn’t big enough you may want to make a few smaller cupcakes on the side instead of overfilling the tin.

For the cake

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 50ml of gin (2  measures)

PREHEAT OVEN 180˚C fan / gas mark 4 and grease and line a large loaf tin

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, slowly mixing in between
  3. Sift in the flour
  4. Add the lemon and lime zest and the gin and beat together
  5. Put the mixture in the prepared tin
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes,


For the gin and tonic syrup

  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 ml tonic water
  • 50ml of gin (2 measures)
  1. Heat the sugar and tonic water in a small saucepan over low heat
  2. Once the sugar has fully dissolved remove the pan from the heat and add the gin
  3. Allow to cool before poking holes in your cooled cake and drizzling the syrup over it evenly


For the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • A few table spoons of water or gin
  1. Mix together the sifted icing sugar with a little water or gin, for a stronger gin flavour (or a combination of the two if you can’t decide). Do this gradually until the correct consistency is reached.
  2. Drizzle the icing over the cake and decorate with grated lime zest, or if you fancy trying your hand a candying fruit you could also top with candied slices of lime or lemon.

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