With Bank Holiday Monday fast approaching here in England, we thought we’d share one of our favourite lazy day treats with you. We’re thinking: the sun’s shining (keep everything crossed!), there’s the hum of a lawn mower somewhere in the distance and you’re treating yourself to a quiet hour in the garden with newspaper, magazine or book in one hand and a delicious drink in the other. And if that sounds like a good plan then why not try this: our deliciously refreshing lazy day cocktail, perfect for your Bank Holiday treat . Whether you’d prefer the alcohol or alcohol free recipe, they’re both delicious, super refreshing and remind you that Summer is just around the corner.
First you’ll need to make the cardamom cordial:
Cardamom Cordial: The Making:
250g white sugar (caster or granulated is fine)
500 ml water
250 ml lemon juice
1 and a half tsp cardamom powder
Good pinch saffron
First simply add the sugar to the water in a strong pan, bring to the boil for 3 minutes and then allow to cool. Take it off the heat, add the cardamom and saffron and then allow to cool completely. Add lemon juice, stir and strain.
For the Alcohol Free Recipe: Put 3 tsp of the cordial in to a glass, add fresh mint and top up with sparkling water
For the Alcoholic Recipe: In a jug mix a bottle of white wine and a bottle of fizzy water. Add 3 tsp of cordial to a glass, add mint then top up with the wine/sparkling water mix.
The drink looks fabulous served up with chunks of lemon, an all important sprig of mint (and perhaps a little chopped mint too) and lots of ice…but if you feel like making it look even more utterly delicious, why not freeze ice cubes with chopped rose petals, borage or rosemary flowers and then finish off with yellow and blue stripy straws to add a touch of blue summer sky and sunshine to your glass.
The cordial will keep for a month in the fridge.
Happy Bank Holiday Monday from ibbi! Enjoy!