Serves 2

 

INGREDIENTS
 

For the berry-gin jam:

2 cups frozen mixed berries 

1 tsp lemon juice 

¾ cup white sugar 

3 tbsp Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 

 

For the berry-gin jam cocktail:

2 tbsp berry gin-jam

4 tbsp Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin

1½ cups tonic water

10 fresh blueberries 

2 long cucumber ribbons 

2 thick sprigs rosemary 

 

For the snack spread:

Berry-gin jam 

3 cheeses of choice

3 types of cold meats of choice 

Assortment of crackers 

Bread sticks

Olives

Nuts

Grapes

 

METHOD
 

For the berry-gin jam:

  1. Add the mixed berries and lemon juice in a deep microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes.

  2. Stir in the sugar and microwave for another 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, stirring every 1-2 minutes to ensure that the mixture does not overflow while cooking.

  3. Pour in 3 tablespoons of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin and place the mixture back in the microwave for another 16-20 minutes, keeping a close eye and stirring every 2-3 minutes. Scoop off the foam that has formed on top of the jam before stirring.*Chef’s Tip: To test if the jam consistency is right, spoon a dollop onto a plate and drag a spoon through it. It is ready if it doesn’t flood back to fill the gap.

  4. Allow to cool, spoon into a container and refrigerate until needed.

 

 

For the berry-gin jam cocktail:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of berry-gin jam to each glass and top the glasses with ice cubes.

  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin to each glass and top with tonic to fill the glass.

  3. To create swizzle sticks to garnish, pull the bottom leaves off the rosemary sprigs, keeping only the top leaves intact. Press the bottom of the rosemary stick into the top of a cucumber ribbon then through a blueberry. Fold back the cucumber ribbon and thread the rosemary sprig through it folding it over the first berry. Complete the process until you have a complete stick. Repeat this process and add your swizzle stick garnish to the glasses.

 

To assemble:

  1. Spoon the remaining berry-gin jam into a small ramekin and place on a medium-sized platter or bread board. Arrange all of the snacks on the platter around the berry-gin jam and serve with the berry-gin jam cocktails and ENJOY!

Planning to try this?

 

If yes, please share your pictures with us on the Foodies Of SA Group on Facebook. We'd LOVE to see it! 😍

The Ultimate Snack Platter