Looking for a dessert for adults only? This gluten-free no-bake gin lemon cheesecake is a fun twist on the classic cheesecake, and it's super easy to make!
I'm absolutely in love with this No-Bake Gin Lemon Cheesecake.
It's superbly refreshing, with a vibrant citrusy note and a nice boozy kick.
Perfect to enjoy on a warm weekend in your garden (but if you want to make it for the kids, the gin is totally omittable).
If you check my dessert section regularly, you should know by now that cheesecakes are my absolute favorite dessert to make.
When making cheesecakes, especially in summertime, I usually opt for a no-bake version, because is simple, lighter and a total breeze to make.
Plus, you don't have to turn on the oven, which is the last place you want to be near on these warm sunny days.
The base is light, awesomely gluten-free and only requires few simple ingredients- and no butter in sight.
All you need is crunchy toasted almond flour (also called almond meal), gluten-free digestive cookies (you can buy them or make your own), a couple of tablespoons of pure honey and coconut oil.
The filling is smooth and decadent and quintessentially Italian.
The mix of rich mascarpone and ricotta cheese is lightened up by the zesty aroma of lemon juice & peel, and a nice boozy kick of high-quality aromatic gin.
Once your base and fillings are ready, all you have to do is layer them in some pretty dessert glasses, refrigerate for a few hours and then serve.
This No-bake Gin Lemon Cheesecake is the perfect refreshing dessert to enjoy on a warm summer weekend.
Hope you give it a try soon!
More easy desserts to try:
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No-Bake Gin Lemon Cheesecake
For the base:
- 150 g gluten-free digestive cookies
- 50 g toasted almond flour
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoon melted coconut oil
For the filling:
- 250 g mascarpone cheese
- 100 g ricotta cheese, well drained
- 6 tablespoon caster sugar
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 40 ml high-quality gin
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2-3 tablespoon reserved base crumble
- In a food processor, pulse the cookies until reaching a crumble consistency. Add in almond flour, honey and coconut oil and pulse until just combined, it should be still quite crumbly. If the mixture is too dry, add in another tablespoon of coconut oil.
- For the filling: in a large bowl beat together mascarpone, ricotta, sugar, and vanilla. Add the zest and juice of one lemon, then slowly incorporate the gin. Mix all ingredients together until combined.
- Fill ⅓ of a dessert glass with the cheesecake base, then pour in the filling all the way to the top. Repeat the process with the remaining glasses.Make sure to reserve about 2-3 tablespoon of crumble to decorate the cheesecake.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Decorate with fresh lemon zest and sprinkle some extra crumble on top, then serve.
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Nicole Preiss says
Planning to make this later today to eat tomorrow for Fathers' Day. Would it work as one large cheesecake? Or wouldn't it set enough to be unmoulded? Thanks!
Sounds great but I would like to make this for friends, a couple of whom are recovering alcoholics. What , if anything, would you recommend to replace the gin?
Hi Linda, the best option is to omit the gin altogheter, I'm currently pregnant and I did small batch of this cheesecake without the gin and tasted lovely 🙂
I love lemon cheesecake and I very much enjoy gin as well so this is definitely on my must-try list now! 😀
kellie anderson says
Loving the sound of your cool creamy and - crucial this - no-bake cake. And the gin - I'm in! The car sounds great too!
Thank you so much, Kellie! No-bake desserts are always a win for me, especially if there's gin 😀
MELANIE EDJOURIAN says
This sounds interesting. My dad loves gin - I must try making it for him. I love that it's so simple to make!
Looks like a wonderfully refreshing Summer dessert, love your recipe!
I've never ever, ever head of cheesecake with gin! What an amazing idea! If the result is those delicious cheesecakes in your photos, I've definitely got to give it a try!
No bake cheese cake are my favourite..easy to prepare and can be made in advance..great summer flavours!
Everyday Sarah Jane says
These look so delicious and so easy to make! Perfect!
These cheesecakes Look amazing! I love the sound of that crust!
Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes says
Wow. This sounds like the perfect combination of summer dessert and summer tipple all in one glass. And you're right, who wants that oven on in summer.