Mocktail Hour


I have been having lots of fun experimenting with mocktails lately. This is my ginger concoction…. Belvoir Ginger cordial, ginger ale, a squeeze of lime and fresh mint.


Equal parts 100% pink grapefruit juice, 100% pineapple juice, the juice of half a lime and a sprig of mint blended with lots and lots of ice. The grapefruit and lime cut through the sweetness of the pineapple juice very nicely.


This was an attempt at the mocktail I had at The Mess last week. I boiled fresh lavender leaves and a sprig of rosemary with a cup of sugar until I had a herb-infused sugar syrup. I added 75 ml of the syrup to a glass of ice cold tonic water and added thinly sliced cucumber. It was delicious, but not as fragrant as The Mess’s original version so tweaking will be needed!

Green juice


Husband-Gusto sometimes teases me that I am a sucker for all health claims of the dubious sort, and there is more than a grain of truth in that. But recently I have been getting into juicing in a big way, and am loving it. This is my favourite green juice and is one that I have nearly every day.

1/2 cucumber, peeled

2celery sticks

2 apples

1 knob ginger

1 lemon

50 ml aloe vera juice

Juice all the ingredients and enjoy!





Posts on Repeat – Lavender and Elderflower Lemonade


I am on a mission to find a cool, refreshing non-alcoholic summer drink- hoping that we will have some sort of summer of course.


1 small handful of lavender, chopped

2 pints of water

3 tablespoons of white sugar

juice of two lemons

elderflower cordial

Add all ingredients to water, except for the elderflower cordial. Bring to the boil, then immediately turn off the heat and let cool. Strain the water so the lavender leaves are removed.

Splash a desired amount of elderflower cordial into glasses, add ice and lavender infused lemonade.

This was utterly delicious. Reduce the sugar if you do not like drinks to be very sweet. 2 tablespoons will probably suffice. The drink was fragrant, fruity, and perfect served very cold.


Berry Cordial



A refreshing summer drink with lots of lovely Vitamin C.

1 bowl of frozen fruit (I used forest fruits this time, but raspberries actually give a better flavour).

Juice of 2 lemons

50 ml sugar

2 litres water

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 10-15 minutes.


use with sparkling water or lemonade as a cordial. It is also nice mixed with mint tea as a hot drink.

It’s that time of year…. Mulled Wine



1 bottle red wine

60 gm brown or white sugar

1 cinnamon stick

grated nutmeg…. teaspoon or two teaspoons

1 orange sliced

1 bay leaf

60 ml rum (optional)

Heat wine with orange slices, spices and sugar until sugar dissolved. Add rum if using. Strain. Pour into pre-heated wine glasses. (Slowly warm the glasses under the hot water tap so they do not shatter. Or use mugs.). Drink. Repeat.

Alternatively… buy this from the Co-op. Currently 2 bottles for £6.00. This is the BEST pre-mixed mulled wine I have ever tasted, and I have tasted alot of mulled wine in my time.