Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin Vegan Sponge Cake

Tasty cake with not an alfalfa sprout in sight


In case you missed the memo, veganism is big right now. So big we’re constantly being warned about avocado shortages. And, so big that it got its own week dedicated to it on The Great British Bake Off.

This week, the bakers will be trying their hands at creating egg and dairy free treats in the hopes of winning the coveted Star Baker title, so we thought we’d also have a go at baking a vegan cake - starring Bathtub Gin, of course.

Not only is this cake vegan and gin-infused, it’s also got orange in the buttercream to really bring out the flavours of the gin botanicals. And, it’s surprisingly easy to make and tasty to boot.

Check out the recipe below…


For the sponge

  • 400g self-raising flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 250g caster sugar

  • 115ml sunflower oil

  • 400ml dairy-free milk, such as almond or soya

  • 1 tbsp black treacle

  • 2 tbsp agave nectar

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 4 tbsp Bathtub Gin

For the vegan buttercream

  • 300g dairy-free spread

  • 300g icing sugar, sifted

  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp Bathtub Gin

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180°c/ gas mark 4/ fan 160°c. Grease two 9 inch loose bottomed tins and set aside.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and sugar into a mixing bowl, and mix together.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sunflower oil, milk substitute, vanilla, treacle, agave nectar and gin. Once mixed, add to the dry ingredients, then whisk together until thick and creamy.

Spoon the mix into the cake tins, and put in the oven for 25-35 minutes, until firm to touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

While the cakes are cooling, make the buttercream. First, zest and juice an orange and a lemon.

Next, beat together the spread, icing sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, orange juice, gin and a pinch of the zest, then leave to firm in the fridge.

Once the sponge has cooled and the buttercream has hardened slightly, spread the buttercream evenly over one half of the cake and place the other sponge on top. Then, cover the top of the cake with more buttercream and sprinkle over the remaining zest to decorate.

Kitchen Sink Gin - Because Sometimes More is, in Fact, More

Today the Ableforth’s range grows with Kitchen Sink Gin, featuring a list of botanicals that we couldn't even fit on its label.

EDIT: It wasn't just a coincidence that we announced a brand new tipple on the 1st of April...

There are some people in this world who follow the mantra “Quality, not quantity”. However, here at Ableforth’s HQ, we live by a different mantra. “Both. Always both.” We don’t think you should choose between quality or quantity, especially when it comes to botanicals. We want quality and quantity. Nothing in the gin world truly encapsulated that idea in the way we wanted, so we did what anyone with access to a gin company and a compulsion to see things done right would do - we made Kitchen Sink Gin, featuring over 100 of the finest botanicals known to the human race.

We know what you’re thinking. You don’t believe that a gin with over 100 botanicals can have a balanced, graceful and delicious flavour profile. However, when you work with the sheer number and variety of world-class botanicals that we did, it became literally impossible for Kitchen Sink Gin to not taste fantastic - just like how the rare Three Stooges Syndrome (having an immeasurable number of illnesses in perfect balance) can render a human indestructible.

So, just what botanicals are in Kitchen Sink Gin? Well, we obviously can’t list all of them, otherwise people would surely steal the recipe. However, we are ready to disclose the vast majority of the botanicals we’ve used.

Ableforth’s miraculous Kitchen Sink Gin combines exotic botanicals including… juniper, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange, lemon, grapefruit, angelica, cassia, orris root, liquorice, lavender, hibiscus, rose, chamomile, lemongrass, ginger, yuzu, wakamomo, rosemary, douglas fir, nutmeg, Marcona almond, cubeb, grains of paradise, cranberry, cucumber, caraway, Manuka honey, meadowsweet, elderflower, saffron, Tuber magnatum pico truffle, kombu, nettles, 12 different kinds of tea, lychee, aloe vera, white asparagus, Thai basil, bifidus digestivum, purple (the fruit), caviar, ambergris, platinum, lembas bread, bacon, Daddies brown sauce, your favourite childhood sweets mashed up into a ball, actual dirt, botox, lecithin, gutter moss, tomacco, fluffy ruffs, Lynx Africa, Jif Micro Liquid, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, jessop jessop jessop, 11 secret herbs and spices, and moon rock.

Serving Suggestion: We recommend enjoying Kitchen Sink Gin in a classic G&T. For a garnish, to honour the gin’s substantial recipe, we propose that you construct a Wheel of Fortune-style carnival wheel with all of the aforementioned botanicals listed on it. Give it a spin and drop in a small slice of whatever botanical the wheel chooses for you.

Expect to see Kitchen Sink Gin in all good retailers soon.

Best Gin, Rum and Liqueur Awards at the WDAs!

We're incredibly excited to show off the nine awards we took home from the World Drinks Awards 2017, including Best Compound Gin and Best Spiced Rum!

Well, last night went rather well for our menagerie of marvellous tipples, didn't it? The results of the World Drinks Award 2017 were announced yesterday, and we took home nine awards - and even retained some titles from last year's World Drinks Awards!

Bathtub Gin Navy-Strength was named Best Compound Gin for the third year running at the World Gin Awards, making it a truly extraordinary fourth time in a row that one of our gins has received this honour following Bathtub Gin’s win in 2014. Not only that, the Navy-Strength also snapped up a Gold in the Contemporary Gin Category.

Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old was able to reclaim its crown, being named Best Spiced Rum for the second time in three years. We don't have an actual crown for the bottle - we've sent a few emails to the people who made the Crown Jewels but we're not sure how successful emails are at travelling through time.

Ableforth’s Summer Fruit Cup, meanwhile, was named Best Fruit Liqueur at the World Liqueur Awards. With summer on the way, it might be time to start preparing some garden-party-drinks with this (award-winning) quaff.

Gold medals were awarded to Ableforth’s Rumbullion! Navy-Strength, Bathtub Gin and Cherry Brandy, whilst Silver medals were received by both the Cask-Aged Navy-Strength and Old Tom variants of Bathtub Gin. Phew! What a day indeed!

Welcome to the New Home of Ableforth’s Award-Winning Spirits!

Welcome to Ableforth’s new website! Take a look around, you might discover something that takes your fancy...

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since our first bottle of Bathtub Gin was patiently crafted from a gorgeous array of botanicals, wrapped in brown paper, tied with twine, sealed with wax (all done by hand to this day) and sold to our very first customer. Since then we’ve been busy creating all manner of curious libations for the delight and delectation of discerning palates and have been honoured to receive some of the most prestigious international awards in the industry for our spirits and liqueurs.

Each of our bottlings represents an idea that’s been perfected and refined, without compromise, using the very finest ingredients. The use of cold-compounding and even cold-distillation ensure that each bottle contains rich, complex and fresh flavours and that delicate botanicals remain intact.

A couple of months after Bathtub Gin, still in 2011, we introduced the world to that most shipshape of spiced rums: Rumbullion! Again, we hand wrapped our creation in our unmistakable (and soon to be award-winning) brown paper and twine packaging before sealing with wax, except this time we allowed the wax to drip pleasingly down the bottle. That’s the surefire way to spot a Rumbullion! amongst our other bottles.

We didn’t stop there, though. 2012 saw Old Tom, Sloe Gin, the intense Navy-Strength and also Cask-Aged variants of Bathtub Gin added to the range, soon joined by the Cask-Aged Navy-Strength version in 2013. Just a month later Bathtub Gin was then awarded a Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2013! Bathtub had arrived. It’s since picked up top medals from the IWSC, the ISC and The Gin Masters, a Double Gold & Best of Show from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and been named World's Best Compound Gin at the World Gin Awards. We even picked up another ISC Trophy in 2015, this time for our Sloe Gin!

Once again, Rumbullion! was never far behind with its own tremendous Navy-Strength variant launching in late 2012 and the truly special Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old - the world’s first super-premium spiced rum, named Best Spiced Rum at the World Rum Awards 2015 - joining the family in the summer of 2014.

The Ableforth’s range extends beyond our beloved Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion!, however. Back in 2012 we launched our clear 91.2% abv Cold-Distilled Absinthe and created the perfect summer quaff with our Summer Fruit Cup, before going on to create our own Cherry Brandy and ‘fix’ both mulled wine and festive cocktails with our Christmas Mulled Cup in 2013! Award-winners each and every one of them.

More recently, things have been getting bigger with Magnums (1.5 litre bottles) of our classic Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion! - Bathtub is now even available in Methuselah size (that’s 6 litres!) too. Perfect for parties, events or for anyone who simply wants to stock up less often!

Whether you're already familiar with our fine libations or just discovering them, we hope you find everything you’re looking for on this shiny new website and if something should happen to take your fancy then our Stockists page can help you track it down!