Gin and Tonic Granita


Queen Elizabeth could probably drink all of us under the table.

In news that’s may not be ground-breaking, but most definitely interesting anyway, the Queen reportedly has four alcoholic beverages a day.

Darren McGrady, a former royal chef, has spoken out about a day in the life of the Queen’s eating and drinking habits—and I think she may just be my spirit animal!

According to McGrady, these are Her Majesty’s four drinks:

  1. A gin and tonic with a slice of lemon and lots of ice before lunch
  2. A glass of wine with lunch
  3. A dry gin martini with lunch
  4. A glass of champagne before bed

All I can say to that is, “Yas Queen!”

Here is my own special twist on her majesties PRE-LUNCH (yep!) drink…


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup caster sugar
150ml Hendrick’s Gin
500ml tonic water
1/3 cup cucumber juice (made using household juicer)
Cucumber ribbons, to garnish

Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat, stirring until sugar has melted. Reduce to a simmer and continue to heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once cool, place in a medium baking dish and add gin, tonic and cucumber juice. Place in the freezer and each hour, take a fork, and fluff up the ice crystals freezing for at least 4 hours.

Serve topped with skewered cucumber ribbons.

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