A nice long cocktail, refreshing, thirst quenching and simple to make…no shaking required.​

What you will need

50ml Tide’s Fortune Gin​

15ml Simple Syrup (Sugar dissolved in water in a pan 1 part sugar to 1 part water)​

30ml Fresh squeezed lemon juice​

Dash of Angostura Bitters​

60ml Soda Water​

Ice cubes

What to do:

(1) Fill a Collins glass or High Ball with ice​

(2) Pour over the gin, lemon juice and syrup

(3) Pour over Soda Water​

(4) Add bitters drop by drop to taste​

(5) Stir and top with a Maraschino Cherry or Lemon Wheel.

Bees Knees

A classic cocktail, celebrating local produce by using local honey and apple juice

Ingredients (1 serving)

50ml Tide’s Fortune Gin​

25ml Fresh Lemon Juice​

25 ml Honey Syrup (Local clear honey warmed in a pan with 1 part honey to 1 part water)​

Dash of fresh Apple juice or Cotchel

Ice cubes​

Method:

1) Place a Martini glass in the freezer​

2) Shake the gin, lemon juice, honey syrup and apple juice in shaker (Boston or Manhattan)​

3) Take your glass out of the freezer and strain the drink into the glass​

4) Garnish with a Lemon wheel

Bees Knees Cocktail

Victoria Sponge with Gin Macerated Strawberries (or have the macerated strawberries with anything else!)

For the sponge

225g butter (room temperature)

225g caster sugar

225g self-raising flour

2 level tsp baking powder

4 large eggs

Double Cream – for filling

1 tbsp of elderflower cordial

For the strawberries

A good handful of strawberries cut up into bite size pieces (plus extra for decorating the top of the cake)

1 tbsp caster sugar

1tsp ground cardamon

2 tbsp Gin

1 lime zested and half of its juice

First up make the Victoria Sponge. We used Mary Berry’s classic all in one method

Pre-heat the oven at 160C (fan) and line two 20cm round cake tins.

Mix together the butter, sugar, flour and baking powder. Crack the eggs in. Using an electric mixer on a slow speed beat until smooth. The mixture will be soft enough to drop from the mixture.

Divide the mixture equally between the two tins and bake for between 20 and 25 minutes or until they start to shrink away from the sides.

Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

Make the Gin Macerated Strawberries

Whilst the cakes are cooling, but your strawberries into bite size pieces and mix in the gin, lime zest and juice, cardamon and sugar. Cover and pop in the fridge to all mix together and for the strawberries to soak up those lovely flavours.

When your cakes are cooled, whisk  your cream and just before its ready fold in the elderflower cordial. Layer half of the cream on the bottom tier of your cake. Pop on your macerated strawberries and then place the other half of the cake on top.

Pop the rest of the cream on top. Pipe if you are feeling fancy or spoon on and using a fork to make into soft peaks. Decorate with a few left over strawberries.

And then tuck in!

A bit of prep required but worth the effort for a refreshing summery tipple. ​

Anyone for tennis?

What you will need

A punnet of strawberries ​

1 lemon​

A handful of fresh basil leaves​

25ml simple syrup (Equal parts sugar and water dissolved in a pan and let to cool)​

50 ml gin per serving​

Soda water to top up

What to do:

(1) First make the strawberry mixture blending the  strawberries, juice of a lemon and sugar together (push through a sieve if you don’t have a blender) Set aside.​

(2) Put two basil leaves in a short glass, gently muddle  to release the oils.​

(3) Fill the glass with ice.​

(4) Add the gin​

(5) Pour the strawberry mixture over the ice.​

(6) Give it a stir and top up with soda water.

As many of us are spending lots more time in our homes or exploring the areas around our homes that were once a mystery to us, we thought we’d share a recipe to make the most of this. In between baking banana bread (a success) and sourdough (not so successful) we have been creating some delicious Gin cocktails.

What you will need

50ml elderflower cordial 
(we have some leftover homemade from last year – and it won’t be long till you can give this a go – we followed this one from River Cottage but any good one will do)

50ml good Gin (preferably Tide’s Fortune 😊)

1 handful of ice cubes (crushed)

150ml of bitter lemon

Some lemon zest to garnish

What to do

(1) 
Mix the cordial and Gin together in a cup

(2) Crush the ice – we popped ours in a tea-towel and gave it a good bash with a rolling pin

(3) Take a glass of your choice and add ice, pour over Gin mixture and top with bitter lemon and lemon zest

(4) Turn off the news, put away the laptop, put your feet up….and enjoy.