My friend Miranda, who took time out from her busy Mother-of-the-Bride duties to have lunch with us recently, was amused when I photographed her drink.. Mr Saturday Night merely rolled his eyes and assured her that she’d get used to it..!
As some of you may know, I am a big fan of a Dressed Pimms when the weather permits, but this MoTB had places to be, so I checked the cupboards to rustle up a non-alcoholic version. That bottle of Elderflower Cordial came into its own today.. I really enjoyed it..
- A big jug, a pretty one if you have it..
- A wooden or other spoon for stirring
- To Serve: Big balloon glasses (the sort used for G+T’s these days) or large red wine glasses
INGREDIENTS: To make one 1.5 litre jug
- 100mls Elderflower Cordial (I used Belvoir Farms)
- 6 strawberries, sliced into 3-4 pieces
- about 15cms of Cucumber, cut down the middle, seeds removed and one half cut into half-moons, the other cut into thin lengths
- Half a crunchy apple, cut into thin wedges
- 1 lemon, cut in half, seeds removed and sliced into half-moons
- Big handful of fresh mint
- a good-sized bowl of ice
- Sparkling water to top it all off
- Pour the Elderflower cordial into the jug
- Add the fruit and cucumber
- Top up with Sparkling water until the jug is about 2/3rds full
- Add the mint.
- Give it all a good stir, then put into the fridge for about an hour to let the flavours mingle
- When you’re ready to serve, give it another stir, throw in the ice, and top up with the rest of the sparkling water
- Have a sip to make sure you can taste the elderflower, then stir once more, and serve.
- It’s worth starting this off an hour before you need it, so that the fruit and cucumber has time to mingle.
- You can easily double this recipe for parties.
- To top up an existing jug- add 80mls Elderflower, and sparkling water, then taste before adding ice. Leave the in fruit that’s already in the jug, and add a bit more if required.