I used to be able to knock back wine like nobody’s business, but then I hit thirty and it all became at little too much. You know the story… Night out. Drink lots of wine. Sore for days. Ouch! Drastic measures needed to be taken for me and my nights out to go the distance, so I shifted gear and moved onto gin and everything seemed a little less sore.
There is nothing quite like a simple gin and tonic after a hard days work (especially a Hendricks), but when the weekend kicks in I like to shake it up and add a few more flavours to the mix. My current favourite accompaniment to gin is elderflower and I’ve been trying out a few cocktails to find the perfect drink for the weekend…
Gin and elderflower sherbert
Makes 1 large tumbler or split into 2 martini glasses
50ml elderflower cordial
50ml good quality gin
a handful of ice
150ml bitter lemon
a few strips of lemon zest
Mix the elderflower cordial and gin together in a small glass or cup. Add crushed ice to the glass then pour over the gin mixture. Top with bitter lemon and a few strips of lemon zest. Yum! This is becoming one of my firm favourites.
Makes 2 martinis
4 lychees in syrup, from a can
25ml Lychee syrup
Put 1 lychee into each of 2 cocktail glasses, then place them carefully in the freezer for 20 minutes to get really cold.
Put the remaining lychees into a cocktail shaker, along with a good handful of ice, the lychee syrup, the gin and vermouth. Shake it and strain into cocktail glasses. Drink. Enjoy… Oh, and if you don’t shake too hard you can even eat the remaining lychees.
I adapted to suit my tastebuds – You may prefer to make it with vodka the Jamie Oliver way.
Picture pinched from Mr Oliver.
Makes 1 Martini
25ml Elderflower cordial
25ml dry vermouth
Juice of half a lime
Add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it all about and pour into a martini glass. This one really works best with Hendricks gin but you can use any. I find Noilly Prat to be the best vermouth, but that is also down to personal taste.