Cooking With Gin: All You Need To Know


Gin & Tonic Dish at Bohemia, Jersey

It’s no secret that the UK has developed quite a fondness for gin of late. And with World Gin Day taking place today (Saturday 10 June), we decided to set our sights higher than your average G&T and find out how to use the popular spirit while cooking at home. We consulted Steve Smith, the Michelin Starred Head Chef at Bohemia, Jersey, on why we should lay off the G&Ts and instead bring the spirit to the boil.

Gin + Fresh Water Fish

The flavor of gin marries perfectly with fresh water fish, in particular salmon. When preparing, ensure the drink marinates into the fish by chilling in the fridge for at least 45 minutes before cooking. We serve our gin and salmon dish with cucumber and horseradish at Bohemia, which complements the fish perfectly.

Gin + Vegetables

While many serve their G+T’s with cucumber, sprigs of asparagus also serve as a tasty garnish. Why not turn this into a delectable dish and serve infused asparagus alongside a summer salad? Add ginger syrup and lemon juice for an extra zing.

Gin + Shellfish

Gin and oysters are the ultimate extravagant flavour combination, guaranteed to impress even the most refined of diners. Simple pour the spirit, mixed with tonic over oysters, then season with lemon zest and a pinch of salt. We are set to raise the seaside standards by serving our very own gin and oyster dish this summer, which will arrive to the table in the form of ice-cream!

Gin + Desserts

The options are endless when it comes to pleasing the sweet-toothed. Try a G&T tart, G&T cupcake or even a refreshing G&T sorbet for summer. Furthermore, almost any dessert can be topped with an adults-only G&T syrup made by combining caster sugar, tonic water and lemon juice in a saucepan over a low heat and adding a splash of gin and juniper berries.

Gin and Matcha

Fear not health enthusiasts – superfoods are not out of bounds. Gin and matcha is a great food marriage, and we will be exploring this at Bohemia over the summer. Try a simple gin and matcha cocktail, with a tablespoon of Sweet Matcha Powder, lime juice, London Dry Gin and ice.

  • Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 15 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. For more information see


Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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