If you come for dinner at casa Supergolden Bakes these three things will happen…
• You will be ushered straight into the kitchen.
• You will be offered a cocktail before you have a chance to sit down.
• There will be food. Lots and lots of food. Definitely wine. And most definitely dessert. And cocktails. Did I already mention the cocktails?
We occasionally have visitors who claim not to want, or like, cocktails (you know who you are). This is, naturally, very baffling to us, but I have got a couple of recipes up my sleeve for those rare people. These two cocktails can be drunk without any alcohol in mocktail fashion, but they are also quite light even with booze. If you are ever serving cocktails at brunch these are great candidates.
The Elderflower Collins (like any Collins) is definitely a drink for those who don’t like drinking much. It’s very light, very refreshing and can easily be made with either gin or vodka. If you have some St Germain* (and I thoroughly advise you get some if only to make the Red Queen) then add splash but it won’t be a Collins any more if we are being strict about cocktailing.
If you DO like cocktails and also love baking (raising both my hands up!) then you will love Prohibition Bakery* – this book has over 50 recipes for boozy mini cupcakes which you would have to travel all the way to New York to buy. The recipes are quite advanced so if you like a bit of challenge, make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win one of three copies.
Floradora and Elderflower Collins
2 measures (50ml) gin
3 fresh raspberries
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar syrup
chilled ginger beer to top up
lime wedges and fresh raspberries to garnish
3. Pour into a highball glass, add fresh ice and top up with ginger beer.
4. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a lime wedge.
2 measures (50ml) gin or vodka
1-2 tbsp elderflower cordial
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp St Germain (optional)
chilled soda water to top up
lemon wedges to garnish