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Shaved ice with cherries, gin and lime

Emma Knowles recipe for shaved ice with cherries, gin and lime.

By Emma Knowles
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 6 - 8
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Shaved ice with cherries, gin and lime
Spiked with lime and gin, this is like a grown-up slushie. Add a little of the syrup to serve, then hand around extra for your guests to top up as they wish.


  • To serve: shaved or crushed ice, lime wedges and gin
Cherry, gin and lime syrup
  • 440 gm (2 cups) caster sugar
  • 250 gm pitted cherries (about 280gm unpitted)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 40 ml gin


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    For cherry, gin and lime syrup, stir sugar, cherries, vanilla and 300ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to a simmer and simmer until cherries soften and liquid reduces to a syrup (12-15 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve, stir in lime juice and gin and refrigerate until chilled completely. Serve poured over shaved ice in chilled glasses, cups or bowls, with lime wedges and extra gin.