Merchant’s Heart Fritto Misto & Dà Mhìle Gin Mayonnaise

This month’s members selection is seaside in box, and I was super excited to make fritto misto with a Dà Mhìle gin mayonnaise. I love it when a gin lends itself to a savoury recipe and there was no better way to pair a seaweed gin than with seafood.

Dà Mhìle Gin Mayonnaise

You’ll need:

  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • 240ml groundnut oil and 35ml extra virgin olive
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • 20/25ml Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin


  • Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, add mustard and whisk together
  • Very slowly, gradually add around half of the oil, whisking continuously – this will take 3-4 minutes
  • Once half the oil has been whisked, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • Continue to gradually add the remaining oil, whisking continuously
  • Season with a pinch of salt and gradually whisk in the gin. Will store in a sterilised jar for up to a week kept in the fridge.

Merchant’s Heart Fritto Misto

You’ll need:

  • Approx. 500g mixed seafood. I used mussels, prawns and squid
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 350ml chilled Merchant’s Heart Light Tonic
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  • Place the seafood on a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Sift the flour, cornflour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and season with salt and pepper
  • Slowly whisk in the chilled tonic to form a smooth batter and coat the seafood in batches
  • Half fill a large saucepan with the oil and heat until the oil is hot enough to turn a cube of bread golden in 30 seconds
  • Fry in small batches for 2 minutes or until golden
  • Remove and drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with lemon wedges.

This recipe is fresh and delicious and great for sharing with friends.

I also experimented with the g&ts from this month’s members box.

I paired the Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin with lemon thyme and lemon – I love this gin! On the nose, it is simply the seaside. Made with a selection of organic seaweed from the Newquay coast of West Wales and the West coast of Ireland, this gin in savoury and moreish. Merchant’s Heart Light Tonic is great as it doesn’t overpower the flavour profile of the Seaweed Gin – a beautiful pair!

I paired the Dà Mhìle Botanical Gin with Merchant’s Heart Floral Aromatic. This month’s box is perfect for highlighting two completely different gin and tonics, as this serve was sweet and floral; a total opposite to the first serve. Garnished with edible viola and kiwi, it worked perfectly with the botanicals and balanced well with the Floral Aromatic Spirit Enhancer.

Let me know what you think of this month’s gin and tonic selection, and if you try out the recipe! Need more gin and tonic for experimenting? Get them here


Read more about Merchant’s Heart and Dà Mhìle 

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