World Gin Day is certainly a cause for celebration, a day to enjoy all things gin throughout your daily routine. G&T candles, shower gels and sweets? We'll do you one better.
BISCUITS. Who doesn't love a good biscuit?
We've slightly altered Mary Berry's wonderful Lavender Shortbread recipe to also include one of Nantwich Gin's signature botanicals, lemon thyme. Next to the citrus taste of our Tom Collins variation, the John Gerard, these biscuits are perfect for the sweet-tooth gin lover.
Here's how we made these botanical biscuits:
This recipe makes 20 servings.
Preparation and cooking time is only half an hour!
175g softened unsalted butter
1 tbsp lavender flowers
1 tbsp lemon thyme leaves
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour
25g demerara sugar
*Note: these biscuits can be made with vegan butter, and gluten free flour alternatives, too!
Collect fresh lavender flowers and lemon thyme leaves from the herb garden or local farm shop. Remove flowers and leaves from steams and chop finely. Make sure to keep the lavender and the lemon thyme separate for now.
Grease your baking trays and grab a mixing bowl. Beat the caster sugar into the butter, then stir in the flour. Knead gently until the mixture is smooth.
Divide the mixture in half, mixing the lavender flowers into the first part and lemon thyme into the second.
Roll each half out into two sausage shapes (15cm / 6in long). Cover these in the Demerara sugar and ensure an even coat. Place both into the fridge to cool for 10-15 minutes, until firm.
Pre-heat your oven to 160°C. Take the rolls from the fridge and cut them into 10 even slices. Place these onto your greased baking trays and allow room for growth.
Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes, until they're a pale golden brown at their edges. Lift from the trays and allow them to cool entirely.
Enjoy with a Nantwich Gin G&T or signature John Gerard cocktail, preferably in the garden on a beautiful summer's day.
Whether a cheeky snack for yourself or a gift for a friend, these delicate shortbreads are scrumptious. Let us know if you try out this recipe, and what you think of our lemon thyme variation! Send us a photo at:
Have a wonderful World Gin Day 2021. We'll be back soon with more recipes and ways to bring Nantwich Gin into your everyday life!