Beauty and the Beast: Gin Afternoon Tea

Johdi the Gintern has created this epic Gin Afternoon Tea using this month’s Beauty and the Beast box. Think Tiger Gin soaked sultanas and 6 O’clock Damson gin jam! “As soon I spotted the Damson Gin in this month’s box, I knew there would be a jam recipe. With the damson season ending, and access to a damson tree it was an obvious seasonal recipe!”

To make the Tiger Gin soaked sultana scones you’ll need:

  • 75g butter –cut into cubes but keep chilled
  • 350g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1½tsp baking powder
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 75g sultanas (soaked in 50ml Tiger Gin, for at least 24 hrs prior to baking)
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  • Heat the oven to 220C, 200C fan, gas 7 and lightly grease a large baking sheet
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a chilled mixing bowl
  • Add the butter, rubbing lightly and quickly with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs
  • Add the sugar, soaked sultanas (including remaining gin), milk and egg. Mix together until you have a soft, but not too sticky dough. You shouldn’t need to add more milk as the addition of gin should ensure the mixture is the right consistency, but if needed add a splash of milk
  • Lightly flour your work surface and gently knead the dough a couple of times until gathered together, then gently roll to form a rectangle (about 2cm deep)
  • Cut out as many rounds as possible and lay them on the baking sheet, spaced slightly apart. Gather the trimmings, then roll and cut out again. Repeat until you have 8-10 scones
  • Brush the tops of the scones with egg. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until risen and golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

To make the Damson Gin jam you’ll need:

  • 500g damsons (use plums if you can’t get hold of damsons), stones removed
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 150ml 6 O’clock Damson Gin


  • Place the damsons in a large saucepan, add the gin and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and has broken down
  • Remove from the heat, add the sugar and boil over a high heat for about 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that forms on the surface. Pour through a strainer into sterilised jars and leave to cool before putting sealing with the lids.

These scones are boozy, simply delicious and best enjoyed with an afternoon cuppa!


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