Herbal Summer Sips

Summer, with it’s long, lazy evenings, is the perfect time to put something a little different in your glass. It’s also a great time to take advantage of fresh herbs and fruit. Here are three  drinks that use a herbal honey syrup and fruit, for something different to sip.

lemon thyme 75

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This is a similar to a French 75, a legendary cocktail reputed to have a kick like a French 75mm howitzer. This one has the same kick, so be careful. It’s a little on the sweeter side, using prosecco rather than champagne, but has quite a sophisticated and subtle flavour. Nice as a pre-dinner tipple.

Bring honey, ½ cup of water and lemon thyme to the boil. Boil briefly, remove from heat and cool syrup completely (about two hours). Strain and discard herbs before using.

Build the drink in a champagne flute. Add a dessert spoon of syrup, 30ml good gin, a handful of blueberries and a sprig of lemon thyme. Top up with good quality prosecco. Bon apetit.

¼ cup organic honey
bunch of lemon thyme
(keep some aside to garnish)
good quality gin
punnet of blueberries
good quality prosecco

Each syrup recipe makes enough for four to six drinks and can be stored in the fridge.

Raspberry sage slush

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One for berry lovers! Take advantage of the beautiful berries around in summer and make a seriously summery slushy for grown ups.

Bring honey, ½ cup of water and sage to the boil. Boil briefly, remove from heat and cool syrup completely (about two hours). Strain and discard herbs before using.

Using a blender, add a handful of ice cubes, a handful of berries, 2 tablespoons of syrup and a good slug of vodka. Blend well. Pour into a glass and garnish with berries and sage leaves. This is an icy, pulpy drink so you might need a straw or spoon for easier consumption.

¼ cup organic honey
bunch of fresh sage
(keep some aside to garnish)
ice cubes
good quality vodka
punnet of raspberries

Watermelon margie

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A pink margarita slushy is the perfect way to end a hot day. And a great alternative to dessert when it’s warm. Omit the tequila and make one for the kids too.

Bring honey, ½ cup of water and lemon verbena to the boil. Boil briefly, remove from heat and cool syrup completely (about two hours). Strain and discard herbs before using.

Using a blender, add a handful of ice cubes, at least a handful of watermelon, 1 tablespoon of syrup and a slug of tequila. Blend well. Pour into a wine glass and garnish with lemon verbena leaves or a lime wedge.

¼ cup organic honey
bunch of fresh lemon verbena
(keep some aside to garnish)
ice cubes
good quality tequila
juice of ½ a lime
watermelon chunks

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