As my family and I are preparing to embark on our first ski trip together, I had thought to miss this week's cocktail, but I couldn't resist trying out these tangy treats and as many of you may well be entertaining family and friends over the Easter break, this will give you plenty of time to make sure you have the ingredients. Both of this week's cocktails are once again, bursting with fruit - I'm not sure if they count as one of your five a day, but they certainly will put a spring in your step.
The first cocktail, Country Thyme works well as a mocktail, when the vodka is omitted, should you wish to offer a non alcoholic beverage for those that don't indulge. Just follow the recipe as is, but miss out the vodka. Equally delicious, are last week's mojito recipes, minus the rum. Not that I am suggesting you avoid alcohol altogether, but it could be useful, should you find yourself appointed as designated driver for instance. Anyway, for the rest of us, let's throw caution to the wind, charge our shakers and make some cocktails!
1 sprig of thyme
10 - 15 blueberries
Half a lemon, roughly chopped
1.5 oz vodka
0.5 oz sugar syrup
Place the thyme sprig in the palm of your hand and slap it to release the oils (yes really), then give it a twist and pop it in the bottom of a large tumbler or a highball glass and fill with crushed ice
Set aside the glass, and in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the blueberries and lemon
Add the vodka and sugar syrup and fill with ice
Shake vigorously for 10 - 20 secs and strain into the prepared glass
Garnish with another sprig of thyme and enjoy!
Next up is this delicious concoction which calls for the addition of a dash of champagne. Obviously, it would be a terribly wasteful to open a whole bottle, just for this, but if you need some inspiration on how to finish it (other than just necking it, that is), then read my vintage post from 2012, all about champagne.
La Fleur de Paradis
2 oz gin
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
0.75 oz Chase Elderflower Liqueur
0.25 oz sugar syrup
1 oz champagne or cava
Top up with ice
Shake vigorously for 10 - 20 secs
Strain into a cocktail glass
Have a wonderful Easter - drink responsibly - and I'll be back just after the Easter weekend with some apres ski inspired cocktails x