Gin & Tonic Jelly

This recipe is inspired by my jelly heroes Bompas & Parr and features in their wonderful book. A gin & tonic jelly is not only delicious but with the addition of UV light it’s very dramatic. My husband has a UV torch in his fly-tying kit (it cures the glue he uses apparently)

Glow in the Dark Jelly 2

I’ve  used an antique mini copper steeple mould, which creates a lovely wobble but as a modern alternative I found some gorgeous mini 3-tier aluminium alloy food moulds, readily available on the internet and just as dramatic.

It is the quinine in the tonic that glows under the light so you can make a non-alcoholic version without the gin! 

Glow in the Dark Jelly Large


For 4 mini 3-tier food moulds (500ml):

125g castor sugar
225ml water
125ml gin
150ml tonic water
6 leaves of gelatine
squeeze of lemon juice
lemon slicess to decorate


  1. Put the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and leave to soak until soft, about 10 mins. 
  2. Heat the sugar and 225ml of water over a low heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 mins until syrupy and cool slightly.
  3. Squeeze excess water from the gelatine and stir into the sugar syrup until melted. Add the gin, tonic water and lemon juice.
  4. Divide between your moulds and refrigerate until set.
  5. To unmould, dip the moulds into very hot water and turn out. You can turn out the jellies earlier but you must keep them in the fridge - Jellies don’t like to be too warm and will collapse!