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Gin and tonic truffles

Our favourite drink combined with our favourite festive treat – it really is set to be the best Christmas ever! This recipe uses store-bought cakes and few supermarket ingredients so it’s incredibly easy to make, just make sure you start it ahead of serving because it does require some refrigeration time. We think they’ll make the perfect adults-only edible gift.

Allergens: Recipe may contain gluten, milk, egg, wheat and lactose.


8 Ingredients


  • 125g butter, softened

  • 230g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) gin

  • 2 tbsp tonic water

  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind

  • 2 x 450g madeira cakes

  • 2 x 290g packets white chocolate melts

  • Candied lemon peel, finely chopped, to decorate

4 Method Steps


  • Step 1

    Use an electric mixer to beat butter
    (125g butter, softened)
    , sugar
    (230g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar)
    , gin
    (60ml (1/4 cup) gin)
    , tonic
    (2 tbsp tonic water)
    and lemon rind
    (1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind)
    in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Crumble in cakes
    (2 x 450g madeira cakes)
    and stir to combine.

  • Step 2

    Shape level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on a baking paper-lined baking tray. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.

  • Step 3

    Place the white chocolate melts
    (2 x 290g packets white chocolate melts)
    in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts.

  • Step 4

    Using a fork or truffle dipper, coat one truffle in chocolate, tapping lightly to remove excess chocolate. Return to the tray. Decorate top with candied lemon
    (Candied lemon peel, finely chopped, to decorate)
    . Repeat with remaining truffles, chocolate and candied peel. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Serve.
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Recipe Notes

  • Candied peel can be found at specialty stores or the food section of major department stores. If you can’t find it, replace it with some finely chopped mixed peel from the supermarket. You can also make your own candied peel by following the recipe here.
  • This recipe makes 56 truffles, so if you don’t require that many, the ingredients can be easily halved. But trust us, you’ll want them all. 
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