Cocktail and mocktail fun
I'm easing back slowly* into bloggage again. There's been lots of reading over the past couple of months, and my sole foray into garden-related-ish activities was to make some fun, delicious cocktails and mocktails for WI last week. These went down well, and I thought you'd like to see the recipe leaflet I put together, especially as many of you'll have family gatherings and get togethers planned over Easter.
Wild Mocktails and Healthy Cocktails, though I soon realised March is way too early to fully explore the book's central foraging theme. I'm itching to plunder the fields and hedgerows close to home, so expect a more detailed review of this book later.
I'm determined it'll still feature at WI sometime, reinforced by a member's enquiry about sugar in last week's offerings. Many of Lottie Muir's recipes are designed to be low in sugar, yet full of flavour; it's a win-win.
My nod to Lottie's book was to explore elderflower cordial as it will soon be time to make some. It's also one of my favourite Easy Recipes. I kept things simple, just adding fizzy water, lemon slices and mint to make Elderflower Fizz.
Tea is one of the WI's superfuels***, so I made a tea-based 'Pimm's', using Earl Grey tea bags, fizzy water, mint plus loads of fruit and cucumber. It went down well, with many people commenting it would be a great alternative at parties for drivers who want to look like they have a full-on drink in their hands.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my first foray into the world of cocktails and mocktails, do you have any favourite recipes to share? Do tell in the comments below.
* = thanks for all your messages and good wishes whilst I've been away. The good news is the plaster is off and the real hard work of rehabilitation has begun. I thought I'd be able to drive immediately, but that's at least a couple of weeks away. Light gardening duties are the order of the day - more on that soon.
** = the tea and elderflower gin infusions in my recipe leaflet are even easier to make; the tea one is ready in a matter of hours. There are tons of ideas out there on the interweb. Have a google and play, it's a great way to cheer up a rainy Easter.
*** = as is cake, let's not forget CAKE! We played 'guess the mystery ingredient' with the latest cake on offer. There were 2 types of chocolate cake, one containing avocado and the other mashed potato, plus ones with beetroot and tomato soup. They were all yummy!
PS a warm welcome to anyone who's wandered over from The Telegraph today 😊