Baity’s favourite Summer Drinks
HOT & COLD (perfect for July’s turbulent English Weather)
As we all know, during those scorching summer days there are few things better than an ice cold drink. And looking to winter, (or this year’s wintery July) there’s nothing that can beat a piping hot drink on a miserable wet and windy morning. Today on Mood Food we’ve picked out some cheery drinks which are perfect for both seasons.
Cucumber and Elderflower spritzer
- 1 cucumber , ends trimmed
- ½ bottle white wine
- 200ml elderflower cordial
- A few mint sprigs, leaves picked
- 2 x 1l bottles soda water , chilled
- 10 minutes
Chop the cucumber into a few chunks, then put in a blender or food processor with the wine and elderflower cordial. Whizz until well blended, then pour through a sieve set over a large bowl or jug.
Tip the contents of the sieve back into the machine, whizz again until pulpy, then sieve again into the liquid already collected. Add 1-2 tbsp of the cucumber pulp from the sieve into the liquid and discard the rest. Chill until ready to serve.
To serve, fill glasses with a few ice cubes and some mint leaves. Pour in enough cucumber base to come halfway up the glass, then top up with soda water.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010
- 2 cups water
- 2 individual tea bags
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 cardamom seeds, crushed
- 1 whole clove
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2-1/2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Sweetened whipped cream, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, optional
- 15 minutes
In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in milk. Return to a boil; boil for 1 minute, then strain. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Top with whipped cream and garnish with ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick if desired.
Recipe from Taste of Home, July 2011