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!
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
1 knob ginger
50 ml aloe vera juice
Juice all the ingredients and enjoy!
Inspired by my visit to Comptoir Libanais last week, I have been experimenting with rose mint tea. I put several sprigs of fresh mint, 1/4 teaspoon of rose water and a sugar cube into a cup of hot water. Delicious.
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
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.
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.