Pin Gn Buns

Gin & Tonic Cinnamon Buns (Ginna-Buns)

After tasting Pin Gin with Lixir Blood Orange & Cinnamon Tonic… I just had to try this recipe! Who doesn’t love a sticky cinnamon bun this time of year? Especially when it’s drizzled in a gin and tonic icing…

These Gin Cinnamon Buns are perfect with Pin Gin, a tasty dry gin with notes of black pepper, liquorice, cinnamon, almond and citrus. You can certainly use a premium tonic water of your choice, but I thoroughly recommend Lixir Tonic Blood Orange & Cinnamon… it’s delicious!

This recipe does take a little longer than the usual ones I post, but trust me it’s worth it. Also, this can easily become a vegan recipe. Just use Almond Milk and Vegan Butter…you won’t notice the difference at all!

Gin & Tonic Cinnamon Buns

Bun Dough

  • 400ml Milk (or Almond milk)
  • 120g Butter (or vegan butter) melted
  • 40g Caster Sugar 
  • 1x7g packet Easy Bake Dry Yeast
  • 550g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Orange Peel (half of one large orange)


  • 100g Butter or Vegan Butter (or enough to spread over the dough)
  • 75g Brown Sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

G&T Icing 






  • Grease and line a round cake tin or oven proof dish.
  • Melt butter and warm the milk in a pan on a gentle heat. The liquid mix should be warm (not too hot) around 37-43˚C.
  • Whisk the warmed milk and melted butter with the sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add the flour a little at a time (keep around 100g to add later on), 1 teaspoon of salt and orange peel to the mixture until combined. It should be quite sticky still!
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 180˚C.
  • After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size.
  • Remove the towel and stir in the rest of the flour. Then turn out onto a floured surface.
  • Lightly knead the dough, adding more flour if needed. The dough should not stick to the surface.
  • Roll the dough out into a large, thin rectangle. Spread the butter evenly over the dough.
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together (1-2 tbsp of cinnamon – it’s up to you!) Sprinkle this mix evenly over the dough.
  • Roll up the dough forming a sausage shape. Slice into even pieces (about 1.5-2 inches thick).
  • Place the cinnamon rolls in the cake tin. Cover with cling-film and place in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Make the icing. In a mixing bowl whisk together icing sugar, the gin and tonic. If you would like it more ginny you may need to add a little more icing sugar to make it smooth and pourable!
  • Remove cling-film and bake the cinnamon rolls in a preheated oven at 180˚C for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Drizzle/pour the gin and tonic icing over the warm rolls (whilst still in the tin).
  • Tear the buns apart and enjoy!


If you would like to see each step, take a look at the video below! 



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