All posts tagged: cocktail recipe

Lemon & Basil Martini

Its been a while since I last posted a new recipe, in fact it feels like forever! A lot has happened – I got married (!) went on a honeymoon and have now sort of relaxed back into the routines of our life again. Ali and I had our dream wedding, in a walled garden full of flowers and friends, children and dogs! Our wedding was a diy wedding, with all the emphasis on YOURSELF. There wasn’t a part of it we didn’t do from scratch. I can now see the appeal of buying a package deal..then all you need to think about is your appearance and when to turn up! But we (I) had a real fixed idea of what kind of day I wanted – a whimsical, romantic summers day, centered around botanical flowers, lemons, lavender and love. So.. I had my mum sew my dress, I did my own flowers, hair & make-up, I in-listed an Italian to make delicate table decorations out of ribbon and vintage Italian lemon paper, I sewed …

Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Fizz

You can’t but marvel at nature, especially whilst cooking fruits like the colourful rhubarb. It is always a joy to create impressive looking dishes and drinks all done with nature-powered colourings. I have rhubarb popping up in my garden, and I’m on my second harvest already, so I thought a little celebratory drink to mark the arrival of spring is in order! _____________________________________ Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Fizz Syrup: 200g sugar 200 ml water 150g finely chopped rhubarb 1/2 vanilla bean, pod split and scraped 1 thumb of fresh ginger, finely chopped Mixers: 100ml gin 100ml rhubarb syrup 150ml prosecco or other sparkling wine a squirt of lemon juice crushed ice to serve 4 sprigs of rosemary __________________________________ To make the syrup: Combine all the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook gently until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Pour and strain the liquid into a large bowl. Pour the hot syrup into a sterilized glass …