Mince pies are Christmas staples, a British tradition dating back centuries. Some will argue that such recipes shouldn’t be tinkered with but when we saw this recipe from The English Drinks Company we got so excited we had to share this gin-infused update on a Christmas classic: Lime Gin and Cranberry Mince Pies.
Boozy cranberries, soaked overnight in delicious Lime Tree Gin, make these mince pies a baked treat to be remembered over the years to come and who knows, maybe they will become a tradition of their own once people experience a taste of a citrus-flavoured Christmas.
This recipe makes approximately 12 Lime Gin and Cranberry Mince Pies.
Lime Gin and Cranberry Mince Pie Recipe
For the pastry:
- 170g plain flour
- 100g cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 1 large free-range egg yolk
- 1 clementine, zested
- 1 lemon, zested
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp milk
For the filling:
- 250g mincemeat
- 100g dried cranberries
- 100ml Lime Tree Gin
1. Soak the cranberries in the gin overnight for the best flavour.
2. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
3. Add the plain flour and cold butter to a bowl, rub together until you create breadcrumbs.
4. Add the zest of both the lemon the clementine yo the mixing bowl. Also add the golden caster sugar and ground ginger. Mix together.
5. Add the egg yolk and milk to bind the mixture together. You should have a smooth dough- don’t mix together any further as your pastry will become too tough.
6. Cover with a tea towel and rest in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
7. On a floured surface roll out the pastry to 5mm thick and cut out circles of pastry to fit the shape of a mince pie tin. The pastry should come to the top of the tin mould.
8. Place the mincemeat in a bowl and add the cranberries soaked in gin. Mix together.
9. Add the filling to the pastry cases in the tin. Fill approximately half of each pastry case so the mixture does not spill over.
Brush the rim of the mince pies with a beaten egg.
10. If you want to add a lid roll the pastry to 5mm thick and cut out a circle to fit the mince pie. Score the lids to let steam out while cooking to help ensure a crisp pastry.
11. Bush the lid with egg wash and sprinkle a golden caster sugar on top.
12. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
Lime Tree Gin is described in the Gin Kin review of Lime Tree Gin as “like treating your palate to a juicy lime fruit pastille: bright, moreish and just oh-so-refreshing.”
This is a citrus-forward gin that we would normally expect to sip in summer and why inclusion in the mince pie recipe is unusual but also a touch of genius.
The Lime Tree Gin (70cl) 40% ABV, is available to buy from the Gin Kin Shop priced at £35.