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Friday 11 November 2011

Sluttishly Sweet: Pink Gin Marmalade

It is a known fact that the Domestic Sluts and gin-based cocktails go together like shoes and payday. A lesser known fact is that some of us also happen to like marmalade on our toast in the morning. This recipe is the perfect mash-up of the two. It won't get you drunk, but it will taste very good indeed.

A pink gin is simply gin and a splash of bitters over ice, and pink gin marmalade puts a bit of the cocktail into a yummy pink grapefruit preserve. So what, are you waiting for? Make this marmalade! And revel in the fact you now have a perfectly respectable excuse for having gin for breakfast.

Pink Gin Marmalade

You'll need:
  • A few clean jam jars and lids - this will make around 3 to 4 standard 340g jars
  • 2 pink grapefruit
  • 1kg granulated sugar + 1/2 an 8g sachet of pectin (or 1kg preserving sugar)
  • 50ml gin
  • 1 tsp angostura bitters
Make it!
  • First, sterilise your jars.
  • Peel the zest off the grapefruit using a vegetable peeler. Try not to get too much white pith.
  • Juice the grapefruit, getting as much juice and pulp as you can. Discard the pips and skin that remains.
  • Slice the grapefruit zest - this can be fine or chunky depending on your taste in marmalade.
  • Put the juice, chopped zest and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Every 10 minutes or so, test the marmalade for setting. 
  • To test if the marmalade is set, put a small amount on a plate and put it in the fridge to cool. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, you're there!
  • Stir in the gin and bitters, then pour into the sterilised jars.


  1. I think the last step under "Make it!" is missing the last part of the sentence!

  2. Thanks eagle-eyed anonymous! I have corrected it. Must have had too much gin on my toast today...

  3. I don't know if that's your marmalade in the picture, but if you let it cool for 10-15 minutes before potting the zest won't all float to the top.
    Thanks for the recipe. Guess what everyone's getting for Christmas this year?!


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