Stuck in isolation, you’ve already cleaned house, sorted out your wardrobe, watched TikToks and now you’re just getting bored! Why don’t you make yourself a boozy Gin and Tonic cheesecake to enjoy while you sit on the couch and binge-watch your favourite Netflix show.
250g digestive biscuits
100g butter, melted
600g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
Zest and juice 1 lime, plus extra zest to serve
50ml Generations London dry gin
280ml double cream
250ml Gin and tonic (60ml Generations London dry gin, 190 tonic water)
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 lemon, half juiced, half finely sliced
2 medium meringues, crushed
- Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put the digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin or blitz in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl, then pour over the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly.
- To make the filling, place the cream cheese, icing sugar and lime zest in a bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Tip in the gin and double cream, and continue beating until the mixture is thick and completely combined. Now spoon it onto the biscuit base, and spread to the edges. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
- Pour the gin and tonic into a pan, add the caster sugar and lemon juice and boil hard. Once it has reduced to a syrup (about 3-4 minutes over high heat), cool a little, then add the lime juice and the slices of lemon and toss in the syrup. Allow to cool completely.
- To serve, place the base of the cheesecake on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. Top with a handful of the crushed meringues, then drizzle with the syrup, scattering the lemon slices on top as you go. Add a final dusting of lime zest, slice and serve.