The Kew-cumber: We created this cool refreshing drink to celebrate our residency at Kew Gardens it is easy to make at home, containing only a few ingredients, and because it's 'mixer' is freshly pressed cucumber juice and sparkling water, it isn't overly sweet - extremely thirst quenching - the perfect drink for hot afternoons in the garden or greenhouse.
35ml Cucumber infused No.3 London Dry Gin (infuse your gin with sliced cucumbers for 48 hours)
5ml Lime juice
5ml Basil and Mint Syrup (simmer water and sugar to form a simple syrup then add herbs, keep on heat for 5 mins, strain and bottle)
Top with Freshly pressed (juiced) Cucumber Juice which has been diluted with sparkling water - 1 part cucumber juice to 10 parts sparkling water
Fill a high ball glass with ice and add the ingredients above, stir & garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint.
Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including courgette and pumpkin). Fresh extracts from cucumbers provide us with a unique combination of nutrients. At the top of the phytonutrient list for cucumbers are its cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids. These three types of phytonutrients found in cucumbers provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.
Elderflower Fizz: A drink for those who love flowers but hate sneezing, Elderflower is thought to alleviate Hayfever symptoms.
35ml No.3 London Dry Gin
5ml Lemon juice
10ml Home-made Elderflower & lemon syrup (simmer water and sugar to form a simple syrup then add flowers, keep on low heat for 5 mins, cool, strain and bottle)
50ml Red Grape Juice
Top with orange blossom scented water (or just sparkling water)
Fill a high ball glass with ice and add the ingredients above. We then spritz this drink with Orange Blossom aromatic water and garnish with a sprig of elderflower and a grape coloured sweet william but anything freshly picked from your garden will look gorgeous.
Sambucus nigra has antiviral and immune- boosting properties and can be made into an infusion for treating colds, flu and feverish symptoms. It is often combined with yarrow.
Elderflower is thought to strengthen the membranes of the respiratory tract, increasing resistance to allergens. Drinking elderflower tea in early spring can help reduce symptoms of hay fever later in the year