Monday, August 18, 2008

Elderflower Sunshower

Wow. Well, I hope ya'll enjoyed our brief frolic into eighties land. I'm pretty sure I did.

There may, just may, be an even briefer and more exciting Number One Millionaire 80s revival in coming weeks, but in the meantime, put up your feet. Have a cocktail. Dream of summer. Kiss a stranger.

I call it Summer Rain (cos that's what it tastes like, to me).

There are two ways I like to make this. The first is more of an evening/late night cocktail:

1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix two shots of vodka, with 1 1/2 shots of elderflower cordial, the pulp of one passionfruit, and a few strips of lime zest, and shake vigorously.
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with another few curls of lime zest.

(I tend to like this version strained - ie. without the passionfruit seeds, but feel free to just tip it in higgledy-piggledy, seeds-and-all if that's what roasts your parsnips.)

And the second version is a lighter (non-strained), more afternoony cocktail:

1. Place 2 shots vodka, 2 shots elderflower cordial, the pulp of one passionfruit, and a few strips of lime zest into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously.
2. Pour (don't strain) into a double-0ld-fasioned glass (ie whisky glass, or short tumbler) filled with ice. Top with sparkling mineral water, and garnish with a few curls of lime zest.

If in either case you find that it is still a bit too bitter or alcoholic, simply add a little more elderflower cordial and stir. It works much like a tastier version of sugar syrup.

1 comment:

Julian said...

And we have just made this to celebrate the first sunny afternoon of August in the UK. It needs a health warning, don't serve thirds otherwise everyone will want fourths and then they don't go home, even if they could.

We used our own, homemade elderflower cordial and compared with a well known brand you can buy in a tall green bottle. No contest - home made wins. We got our recipe at for those who want to do it themselves. Hic!

PS love the blog - keep it up