Elderflower cordial

For those looking for a non-alcoholic drink in the springtime, this one takes some beating. Be sure to pick your flowers on a dry day.

Serve diluted in still or sparkling water, or with lemonade.

You can also dilute 1 part cordial to 2 parts water and freeze it in lolly moulds for a lovely springtime treat.

Ingredients:

  • 25 elderflower heads, in full bloom
  • 4 lemons
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 1.5L water (boiled)

Method:

Place the flower heads into a bucket, along with the zest and juice of the lemons. 

Pour over the water, cover with a teatowel and leave overnight.
Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth and put it into a large saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to the boil.

Pour into warm, sterilised bottles.

Refrigerate and use within a few weeks or freeze in plastic bottles for longer storage.

Non alcoholic mojito

When my wife was pregnant, I decided she needed to be able to have a celebratory drink for her birthday. Along came this refreshing mojito recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 12 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • apple juice
  • Lemonade
  •  1 lime

Method:

Put the sugar into a glass. Roughly tear up the mint leaves and place in the glass

Half fill the glass with ice.

Half fill the glass with apple juice and top up with lemonade.

Serve with a slice of lime.