How to make all-Aussie gin and lemon custard tarts

When we think of gin, we think of martinis, gimlets or G&Ts. But what about using gin in food? Its freshness and vibrance fit perfectly with so many sweet dishes.

And with the incredible range of Australian craft gin available these days, you can even match the flavour profile of your gin to the dessert you’re making.

This Australian gin and lemon custard tart recipe is an easy delicious gin-spiration!

All-Aussie gin and lemon custard tarts

With its sharp powerful edge, Karu Distillery’s Lightning Gin counters the rich custard of these tarts beautifully, and its firm citrus notes enhance the lemon and zest.

Meanwhile the delicate crumbly pastry holding it all together adds a crunch that you just can’t fault.

You can read more about Karu’s Lightning Gin here.


Makes 8 individual gin and lemon custard tarts

Pastry cases

- 2x sheets of frozen shortcrust pastry


- eggs - beaten with a fork

- 2 tsp vanilla paste

- 1/4 cup caster sugar

- 1/2 cup of milk

- 1/2 cup of cream

- 2 tsp lemon zest


- juice of 1/2 lemon

- 1.5 tbsp icing sugar

- 1/2 tsp cornflour

- 1.5 tbsp Lightning Gin

- lemon thyme leaves to decorate