All posts tagged: summer drink 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 …

Wild Elderflower Cordial

Elderflowers equals summer for me. I love them. They are both pretty flowers to look at, as they cluster together on branches, as well as having one of the most delicious aromas and flavours around.  They combine hardy and veracious stems with the most delicate of flowers, enabling them to thrive almost anywhere. But the lovely ivory flowers are quick to come and go, so for that reason, you have to quick to make a batch of this summer drink once you spot a ripe tree. And do remember to leave some of the flowers on the shrub, as they will ripen to glorious elderberries that are splendid to harvest later on in the year.   ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Makes about 1.5 litres 20-30 elderflower heads 2 organic lemons 2 tbsp citric acid 650 organic caster sugar 1 litre of water ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shake the elderflowers to free any unwanted bugs, and put them in a large pot or similar container with a lid. Wash the lemons and cut them into slices, then add to the pot. Mix …