Gin lemon – homemade! and “Oh Look! Oh No! It’s a Gin-alo”

After wine my most favourite drink has to be gin – not on it’s own and it has to be diluted to perfection; too weak and it’s like bad tasting water and too strong and it’s like firewater but get it just right and it’s my All Time Favourite tipple.

Gin and tonic, ice and a slice

Refreshing in the summer and appetising before any meal – well not breakfast of course!

So when flicking through all my monthly magazines I came across a recipe hidden amongst the home made gift section – Lemon gin or vodka I just had to try it…I did it for YOU.

The Essentials recipe says ‘Tantalisingly tangy, a great antidote to the post-Christmas-dinner slump.’ AND as a special extra today, as it’s Christmas and by kind permission of Mammasaurus I can reproduce her hilarious poem for you ‘Oh Look! Oh No! It’s a Gin-alo!’ which is the perfect poem to accompany my recipe – see below and laugh!


4 large unwaxed lemons
200g caster sugar
70cl bottle of gin 


1. Grate the zest of 3 lemons into a large saucepan and squeeze in the juice of all 4 – don’t worry if the seeds go in.

2. Add the sugar and heat very gently until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil and turn off the heat immediately. Pour in the gin and stir. Cool completely

3. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and then pour into clean bottles – I bought my 50cl bottle from Lakeland for £3.99 but I needed 2, it just doesn’t look the same in a used water bottle!

It can be drunk on it’s own as a shot but it’s strong, I diluted mine with tonic water and added ice but not the slice. it was delicious and a new firm favourite, I can imagine this would be fabulous in the middle of a hot summer too…not much longer to wait eh?


  1. Helen Spencer
    December 20, 2011 / 1:18 PM

    I’m all over it like a rash.

    • Mari
      December 20, 2011 / 1:29 PM

      Me too ‘hic’

  2. December 20, 2011 / 12:55 PM

    GIN! Yay! Thank you for having me – I’m off to buy some lemons …for research purposes you understand ;)

  3. Alison T
    December 20, 2011 / 1:22 PM

    Adding lemons and extra bottle of gin to my shopping list to give this a go

    • Mari
      December 20, 2011 / 1:29 PM

      I promise you won’t regret it :)

    • Mari
      December 20, 2011 / 5:25 PM

      You can use the same recipe with vodka :)

  4. Helen
    December 28, 2011 / 10:23 PM

    Love the Gruffalo style poem! I will send you my Lemon Vodka recipe to try, similar to yours here but no heating required…..and it’s quite lethal when done! x

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