Second weekend in a row with absolutely GORGEOUS weather. Even as I am typing this I am worried I am jinxing the sun away… so I will stop going on about it. It does feel as if spring has well and truly sprung however and this lively elderflower berry Collins is just the drink for it.
This is a very simple cocktail, refreshing and not overly strong. Leave the gin out and you have a very pretty and delicious mocktail on your hands. You can vary the berries if you like – I usually keep a bag of mixed berries in the freezer for use in smoothies and cocktails.
2 measures | 50ml | 1.7fl oz elderflower cordial (I used Bottlegreen)
4 measures | 100ml | about 4 fl oz gin
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp grenadine (or strawberry syrup)
1 tbsp sugar syrup
- Put the berries, cordial, lemon juice, grenadine and sugar syrup in your cocktail shaker (or a large glass) and crush with the end of a clean rolling pin.
- Add the gin and stir.
- Share the cocktail mix between 2 highball (tall) glasses. Half fill the glasses with cracked ice and top up with soda water.
- Stir very thoroughly, decorate with a couple extra raspberries and serve.