Create tantalising cocktails using ingredients from your garden

The sun finally seems to be peeping out from behind the clouds, which can only mean one thing… long summer days spent outside in the garden. And what better way to enjoy the sunny weather than by mixing up your own cocktail concoction using ingredients grown yourself? These three simple recipes will keep you refreshed throughout the springtime and summer.

Lavender Lemonade 

Easy to grow and with a beautiful aroma, Lavender is full of goodness. If you’re tired of your average lemonade recipe, this is a great recipe to try, and a good alternative for the kids too.

Lavender Lemonade is very easy to make. All you need is Lavender sprigs, lemon juice, sugar and water. Bring one litre of water to the boil in a large saucepan until 1 ½ cups of sugar have dissolved. Squeeze the juice of about six lemons into the mix, before sprinkling in some fresh Lavender flowers. When it cools, the drink can be served with ice and garnished with lemon slices and Lavender sprigs for decoration.

Lavender Lemonade

Elderberry Sparkling Wine

For a drink that is perfect for the daytime, with a meal, or in the evening, try mixing up your favourite wine with delicious Elderberry syrup. Elderberries are high in Vitamin C so if you’re not a fan of citrus, rejoice!

The drink needs to be set for at least 24 hours before you can give it a taste though, so plan this one ahead. To make the Elderberry syrup, boil 1 cup of water with ¼ cup of dried Elderberries on the stove, covering the pot and leaving to simmer for 20 minutes. Once it has cooled, strain the berries, pour the liquid into a bowl and stir in ½ cup of honey. Simply add the cooled syrup to your favourite sparkling wine for a sophisticated summer treat.

Sparkling wine

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Full of flavour, all you’ll need to make a Rosemary Gin Fizz drink is fresh Rosemary, lemon juice, honey, gin and sparkling water. It only takes a few minutes to make so it’s the perfect choice for a garden party. Cut the fresh Rosemary into three one-inch sprigs, and mix together ½ teaspoon of honey and the juice of one lemon in a drinking glass. Pour in the gin and sparkling water, give it a stir, and add some ice.

Gin Fizz

Cheers!

You can find everything you need to grow your own ingredients for these botanical summer cocktails on our website, but if you’d like any advice please get in touch with me on Twitter @best4hedging, by phone or email.

You can also read our cocktail recipes on The Secret.

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