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It's British Flowers Week - the annual celebration of seasonal, locally-grown flowers and foliage that aims to raise awareness of the UK flower industry. To celebrate, here are two very tasty botanical cocktail recipes using flowers that you can easily grow in your garden. The recipes were created by Hampshire florist Jay Archer and food and drink organisers, the Cabinet Rooms.
Alresford Collins (25ml)
Fresh lemon juice
25ml Lavender and Grapefruit Syrup
50ml Twisted Nose Gin
Topped up with soda water
Garnished with a sprig of English lavender and black peppercorns
Served over ice in a Collins glass/highball
How to make your own lavender syrup:
1. Bring water and English lavender to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Add sugar and honey and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and bottle.
5. Refrigerate. It will keep for about 1 week.
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml St. Germain elderflower liquor
50ml Vodka Citron
10ml Elderflower cordial
4 mint leaves
3 drops of grapefruit bitters
Shake with ice
Served over ice in a coupe
Garnish with a sprig of mint
June is prime elderflower season so get out and about and you’ll be able to forage
some of your own to make a refreshing cordial. Elder is found everywhere but
particularly in hedges, borders, lanes, roads, footpaths and the edges of woodland
and waste ground.
Alresford Collins © Cabinet Rooms 2016
How to make elderflower cordial:
• 30 elderflower heads
• 1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
• 900g/2lb caster sugar
• 50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)
• 3 unwaxed lemons, sliced
• 2 unwaxed oranges, sliced
• a piece of muslin
1. Gently rinse the elderflowers to remove dirt.
2. Place the sugar in a very large mixing bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir
well and leave to cool.
3. Add the citric acid, orange and lemon slices, and the flowers.
4. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
5. Strain through a piece of muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles.
Mint Meadow © Cabinet Rooms 2016
Simple to grow and delicious in drinks and puddings. Here's how to make a simple gooseberry compote great with ice-cream, yoghurt or used as a jam for your sponge cake.
Pop a few gooseberries in a pan with a spoonful of sugar. Simmer until the skins burst. They're delicious with...
Honey - swirl a spoonful into warm fruit.
Ginger - grate fresh ginger in with the sugar.
Elderflowers - drop a flowerhead into the pan.
Almonds - toast, dice and scatter on top
Hazelnuts - coarsely chop and scatter over the fruit for a quick pudding.
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