Drinks

Greg's cold remedy

Serves: 1 | Preparation Time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves
  • half a chilli or one bullet
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp honey (add to taste though)
  • 2 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1 thumb of ginger sliced
  • 1 litre of water

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and add the litre of cold water.
Bring to the boil and let stand for 5 minutes.
strain into a jug and drink ALL of it.
Curl up on the sofa and wait for it to work, if your partner asks if you feel better wait until the washing up is done and then say yes..

Fresh lychee & maple martini

Serves: 1-2 | Preparation Time: 10 min

Ingredients 

  • 4 fresh lychees
  • plenty of ice
  • 150ml good vodka
  • a splash of white vermouth
  • 1tsp maple syrup

Instructions 

Put 1 lychee into each of 2 cocktail glasses, then place them carefully in the freezer for 20 minutes to get really cold.
Put the remaining lychees into a cocktail shaker, along with a good handful of ice, add the maple syrup, vodka and a splash of vermouth. Secure the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Strain into the iced cocktail glasses and serve with swizzle sticks, if you like.

Watermelon, cucumber and ginger juice

Serves: 2 | Preparation Time: 5 min

Ingredients 

  • 1kg seedless watermelon
  • 20g fresh ginger
  • 1 lebanese cucumber
  • orange juice (optional)

Instructions 

Cut up your melon and chuck in the blender.
Peel your cucumber and ad that too. grate your knob of ginger in, no need to peel.
Add ice and orange juice if necessary.

This is a great way for fresh juice if you don't have a 'juicer', you keep all the good bits too..
If you want to save some it goes well with Pimms for a summer cocktail....

Rhubarb Martini

Serves: 2 | Preparation Time: 15 min

Ingredients 

  • rhubarb
  • water
  • sugar
  • plenty of ice 
  • splash of white vermouth
  • 150ml good vodka

Instructions 

Simmer 1 cup of thinly sliced rhubarb with 1 cup of water, keeping the lid on the pot, until the consistency is totally mushy (about 30 minutes).

Strain the juice from the mixture using a fine mesh sieve. Discard rhubarb (or eat it later with some vanilla ice cream).

Add sugar to the juice, starting with one tablespoon and adding more to taste. This sweetened rhubarb juice will be combined with vodka & vermouth to make the Rhubarb Martini.