Saturday, 10 August 2013


Our little dinner party was a lovely success. I wanted to share the recipes for the cocktails I made because they were SO nice. 
Thyme Lemonade by Martha Stewart
1 1/2 cups (I used about 300g) of sugar
1 bunch of fresh thyme
The juice of 10 lemons
1 cup (250ml) of gin

Bring the sugar, thyme and 1 cup of water to the boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then stir in the lemon juice, gin and 6 cups of cold water and strain into a pitcher. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve over ice and garnish with sprigs of thyme.

This may well be my new favourite summer cocktail. It was cool and refreshing with the thyme and gin giving it a great edge, but steering well clear of being too much. I hate strong cocktails. 

White Peach Maple Soda by Quitokeeto
1/2 cup (125ml) of maple syrup
1/4 cup (60ml) of water
2 cups of unpeeled white peaches (about 3)
Soda water

Over a low heat combine the maple syrup, water and white peaches which have been cut into 1/2 inch chunks. Warm the peaches to soften them a little, but do not over cook. 
Puree the mixture with a hand blender and set aside to cool.
Fill each glass with ice and add 1 part puree to 3 parts soda water and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir and serve with a sprig of fresh lavender (if you have some!)
This is a lovely mocktail for alcohol eschewing guests or those who just fancy a break from the gin as the evening goes on! Incidentally, I feel like the puree could work really nicely in a prosecco/champagne cocktail  for a twist on a classical bellini and plan to try it asap!


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