Last Christmas was the Christmas of Gin. I’ve just opened the bottle from my sister Louise, very nice Dockyard Gin. It came with a recipe for Elderflower Collins. Very good.
- 50ml gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml elderflower cordial
- 10ml simple syrup, or to taste
- Soda water, or sparkling water
- In a tall glass, over ice, add the cordial, syrup, lemon juice and gin, and stir together.
- Top up with soda and garnish with lemon peel.
Lockdown holiday – I work in healthcare, so I have been out at work most days, but now I have a week off. I’m planning on lots of things, including using my exercise hour to clear litter from the verges around and about. I am also going to be trying out some cocktail recipes. This cocktail is delicious.
- 1 sugar cube, or a level teaspoon of caster sugar
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 150ml Champagne
- A twist of lemon peel
- Put the sugar into the bottom of a chilled champagne glass and add the bitters. Let the bitters soak into the sugar
- Pour in the champagne carefully; it will fizz up a lot
- Run the lemon peel around the rim of the glass and then drop it in.
In the interests of investigation and fearless gastronomy, once upon a time we purchased a small bottle of Buckfast at the co-op in Broadford. It has been languishing in our kitchen ever since. Neither of us has developed a taste for it at all, but every now and again we try it out as an ingredient. It works as part of a cocktail.
- 25ml London dry gin
- 25ml Buckfast
- 25ml Campari
- 3 dashes of orange bitters
- Put about six cubes of ice in a mixing glass, and pour the ingredients over the ice.
- Stir for around 2 minutes, to chill the ingredients and dilute them with melted ice.
- Serve in a small glass over ice.
This is a lovely and easy cocktail. Sorry for skipping the cocktail recipe last weekend; I was working.
- 20ml heather honey syrup (see below for directions)
- 50ml Harris Gin
- 15ml lemon juice
- 1 cocktail shaker with ice
- Melt heather honey in water – make a 50/50 mix, and slowly heat and stir until the honey is dissolved. Chill the mixture.
- Put a good deal of ice in the cocktail shaker, and put your glass in the fridge to chill.
- Measure the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup into the shaker and shake the living whatnots out of it for a couple of minutes, so that the mixture is ice cold and looks smooth and opaque.
- Serve in a cold cold glass. It is quite strong so be careful.