May is usually our month of garden glory at Jardin Blanc – Raymond Blanc’s secret garden restaurant. It’s when we come together in the Spring sunshine at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and enjoy food, fun and friendships (and a few refreshing cocktails!).
Our friends at Warners Distillery have come up with a great new concept which we would have been sharing with those at Jardin Blanc. We don’t want you to miss out so here is the ‘Le Cruche’. Designed to be a pitcher size measure for sharing with friends (or maybe just your household group, all over age of course!). Perfect for those warm sunny days relaxing in your own garden this summer. With rhubarb in season now and elderflower in abundance in our hedgerows, this cocktail epitomises Jardin Blanc’s ethos.
A Royal English Garden - Makes 4 good sized cocktails
- 200ml Apple juice
- 40ml Elderflower cordial
- 200ml Rhubarb Gin
- 60ml Lime juice. 400ml Soda
- rhubarb peel and fresh mint from your garden.
Into a jug place a good amount of ice, then add each ingredient at a time, stirring after you add each of the first 4 elements to get the drink well mixed and nice and cool. This is the base cocktail. In to a glass, add the rhubarb peel and bruise some mint then add that, along with more ice. Pour over ¼ of the jug base cocktail, then top each glass with soda and stir again.
To make the elderflower cordial:
Elderflower is in abundance in the UK right now, our hedgerows are full of these stunning white flowers. This simple recipe will take no time at all and will be ready for the warm bank holiday weekend ahead.
You will need:
- 15 elderflower heads, nice big ones that are about 4 inches in diameter
- Grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons, plus their juice (about 75ml in total)
- 500g caster sugar
- Check over the elderflower heads remove any insects.
- Put the elderflower in a bowl with the lemon zest.
- Boil 750ml water and pour over the elderflowers and lemon zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
- Strain the liquid through a clean muslin or new J cloth and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar and the lemon juice.
- Put on a high heat to simmer and dissolve the sugar, then simmer for a couple of minutes.
- In the meantime sterilise some flip top bottles or screw caps ready for the liquid.
- Fill the bottles and leave until you are ready to use. Kept in the fridge these will keep for 2 weeks, add 1 tsp of citric acid before boiling to help it last 2 months.
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