Cocktail inspired by The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club
My Instagram feed is testimony to the fact that I’m a bit of a cocktail fiend. Here is a suggestion to sip whist you read!
Come high summer, West Beach is in full bloom, and this year I picked some of the lacy elderflowers from around the beach huts and made my own cordial. It was simple to make and delicious topped up with fizzy water or added to prosecco. I also shake this in equal parts with my lemon vodka to make a sherbety martini.
Make sure you don’t leave your elderflowers steeping to for too long: I accidentally fermented my cordial, a mistake I only realised when the lids popped off of my first batch!
10 – 15 elderflower heads, depending on size
2 unwaxed lemons
Wash the elderflowers carefully, and place them in a large saucepan with the flowers facing downwards.
Add the peel of your lemons to them, followed by the juice and the sugar.
Pour over 1 litre boiling water, and bring the pan to the boil stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Turn off the heat, cover with a lid, and leave steeping for 24 hours.
Strain through muslin into clean bottles. It’s wise to release the lids every 3 days, just to make sure it’s not fermenting. If it doesn’t fizz after a fortnight, you’re probably safe.
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Miss Chapters x