Recipes: refreshing summertime drinks

So it looks like this is the week for the heatwave to hit London. How I love a good heatwave, the whole city seems to change its attitude. Obviously it does get properly hot, over 30 in a bustling city like London can seem overwhelming at times. So there’s nothing for it but to settle down with a long, cool drink and chill.

Here are two yummy drinks I’ve come up with to help you enjoy sunny London days.

Sparkling elderflower gin

For each drink

One measure of gin

One measure of elderflower cordial

I lime

Sparkling water

Lime and lemon slices, cucumber and mint to serve

A beautifully refreshing and zesty drink

Pour the gin and elderflower cordial into the glass.

Squeeze in the juice of a lime. Add a slice of lemon, a slice of lime and two slivers of cucumber.

Add about 6 ice cubes. Top up with sparkling water and a sprig of mint.

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Homemade pink lemonade

My niece Maxine is visiting from South Africa (yes, I’m having a bit of a summer of nieces, which is lovely). We recently went to lunch at Vintage Salt (more of which later) where she had a lovely glass of pink lemonade – giving us the inspiration to make it at home. This recipe is so easy and you won’t believe how wonderful it tastes.

8 lemons

200g castor sugar

150g raspberries

1.2l boiling water

pink lemonade
This lemonade looks beautiful and tastes delicious

Zest the lemons, taking care not to include any of the white pith. Then squeeze the lemons.

Put the lemon zest, the juice of the lemons, the sugar and the raspberries in a large pan and mix thoroughly. Pour over the boiling water, stir and leave to cool.

When cooled pass the lemonade through a sieve, using the back of a spoon to get all of the juice out of the raspberries and the lemon zest.

Chill in the fridge. Serve with added ice and extra slices of lemon.

preparing pink lemonade
Making sure all the goodness gets in

Do you have a favourite summertime drink? I’d love to try it.

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