Posts Tagged ‘drinks’

Recipe: Adult Fanta

My mouth is watering…

Warning: if you’re expecting the mild taste of fanta with vodka in it, this drink is not for you. This drink combines the blessed bitterness of aperol with simple flavours so that you really savour that bitter orange taste and don’t get too tanked (if you want to get tanked on Aperol, try the Aperol Spritz which has the double whammy of Aperol and prosecco and give up the rest of your afternoon because those babies creep up on you).

This recipe is dedicated to another other aperol fan: BigG (technically she’s TallG, but BigG sounds more gangsta).


  • 1-1.5 shots of Aperol
  • 0.5 shots of lime cordial (experiment, you may find you only like a splash of the cordial)
  • 6-7 ice cubes
  • Soda Water to top (I recommend getting a soda stream so you are never without soda water, and you can help do your bit not trashing the planet…)

Pop your shot(s) of aperol in your closest jar (all class), pop in your cordial, add your ice cubes and top with soda water. Watch your beautiful drink turn into layers of bitter sunset flavoured goodness, then stir a little to blend. Then grab your glass, swirl it so the icecubes clink, bring glass to lips and drink that delicious, delicious flavour.


After a few of these aperolly need a nap…boomTISH

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Recipe: Elderflower Spritz

I apologise in advance for not having the best photos of this drink. For some reason I keep forgetting to take a photo of it when I serve it. And I serve it at almost every dinner party, because it is a non-alcoholic winner of a drink for the non-drinkers, and the skippers and the responsible amongst us.

Elderflower spritz to the right, gravy to the left

It’s a bit of a fave amongst the non-drinking dinner guests, and so easy to make.

Alcoholic drink to the left, Elderflower Spritz to the right


  • 250mL Apple Fruit Drink (it’s 30% Apple juice and you can get it in convenient 6 packs)
  • Elderflower cordial, you’ll use a couple of good slugs of this
  • Lime cordial (one slug of this)
  • Soda water or mineral water (I use my sodastream)
  • Slices of lebanese or continental cucumber (say 10 thin slices)
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8ths or 1 lime cut into quarters
  • Sprigs of mint

Pop about 1cm of elderflower cordial at the base of a jug, add in your lime cordial and apple fruit drink, add icecubes and then fill up with soda water but don’t fill to the brim. Add your cucumber and your lemon/lime (squeeze these into the jug as you add them), and your sprigs of mint (squeeze these to bruise them just before you add them). Stir and serve: simples!

You can keep topping it up with soda water and elderflower cordial throughout the night…

Elderflower spritz hiding behind the pear and rosemary cocktail, also in a jug.

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Recipe: White Peach Sangria


Sunlit summery tipple

Have you got a bottle of sweeter champagne or prosecco? Have you got a couple of peaches and some Cointreau? If so: you can make this white sangria! I based my recipe on one shared by Winefolly.


Pretty cool impromptu storage solution.


  • 1 bottle sweeter champagne, cava or prosecco – I used a Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 white peaches, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • Juice of one lemon

So easy breezy…it’s almost a Maybelline commercial.

I used a jug to mix this, then poured it into my preferred storage device and adding the peaches.

Add the sugar, lemon juice and Cointreau to your jug, stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Then carefully pour over your sparkling wine.

If you are drinking immediately, add the slices of peach to glasses and pour over your sangria. If not, add the peach to your traveller and be careful when pouring out. With the fruit, it makes about 1.4 passata jars worth of sangria.


Drink in a highly ironic jam jar, because you are a hipster.

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The last way I found to use up the byproducts of the great lemon surplus of 2011 (having made lemon curd and nana’s lemon cordial) was randomly inspired by the delightfully titled Brian Malarkey’s Sage Sucker cocktail on designsponge.

Brian goes down in history as having the.best.surname.ever. Malarkey – c’mon that is awesome!

Apart from that coolness, he can apparently make a rather decent cocktail to. Shoot – if he can cook, iron his own clothes, clean and saw in a straight line then he may actually be the perfect man.

I noticed his sage sucker recipe calls for people to “… put two ice cubes, 3 sages leaves, 3 wedges of lemon and muddle until sage and lemon are good and mashed.” and this got me thinking…what about a sage and lemon cordial so that bit is already done?

So I decided to wildly and frivolously experiment with Nana’s lemon cordial recipe. Given Nana’s approach to brandy butter for our Christmas lunch, I couldn’t help but feel she would approve of my experimentation.

Later on in the cocktail recipe, you are supposed to add honey, so what if I added sweetener in the form of raw sugar?

You are supposed to use caster sugar in Nana’s lemon cordial…but raw sugar might balance off the flavours and remove the need to add the honey:

Raw sugar instead of caster sugar...livin on the WILD side right there!

Luckily I had a surplus of sage (although disappointingly my sage leaves are nowhere near as large as his…there must be different varieties over in the USA compared to plain old little-leafed sage Western Australia).

So I washed it clean, crushed it in my hands to release the oils and threw in my bowl of future lemon and sage cordial:

Future lemon and sage cordial

Now I am just waiting for an excuse to mix up one of these sage suckers and see how my cordial fares!

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Let’s gloss quickly over the fact that it’s been over 3 months since I last updated this blog :I know, I have neglected you but you know it’s not you, it’s me – I had other stuff to do…in other places. I kept meaning to call or write but there never seemed to be time and I kept on getting sidetracked. Just be happy I am here now and typing, because I have alot of typing to do.

When I last wrote to you I may not have mentioned that I was about to be swamped in a surplus of produce. Namely, lemons. Lots and lots and lots of lemons:

A shedload of lemons

I can’t really complain about the surplus since I actively exacerbated the situation by pruning the unkempt tree, treating its leaf miner problem, mulching it with kelp and fertilising to to within an inch of its life.

Yes my lemon tree was on the receiving end of my tender loving gardening care and, as if to show how much it appreciated the attention, it flourish and gave forth lemons…lots and lots and lots of lemons.

Apart from giving them away (which I did in spades, buckets and any plastic bag I had hanging around), I had to think of inventive ways to use them…

Recreating Nana’s Lemon Cordial

The first thing I did was to try to reverse engineer my grandmothers lemon cordial recipe using all the wine bottles I have been collecting and reserving for just such an occasion.

I say reverse engineer, but I wasn’t able to find an actual recipe written down anywhere either in my family papers or from any relatives, so really all I have to go on is the fact that Nana seemed to make two types of lemon cordial:

  • Super sweet (so sweet that even as a child with a super sweet tooth I had to drink this with soda water)
  • Sour (needed to be mixed with lemonade to be palatable to my childhood palate)

Two types of lemon cordial, which she made in great quantities…without ever labelling the sweet or the sour. So basically, having a lemon cordial at Nana’s house could be a little like russian roulette unless there were stocks of both soda water and lemonade to hand.

So I went on a hunt for recipes and narrowed it down to the following Lemon Cordial Recipe from Delicieux:

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons, keep the lemon halves after juicing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of tartaric acid
  • 2 cups of caster sugar ( 1 cup if you want the sour lemon cordial)
  • 500ml boiling water

I don’t have a citrus juicer, so had to improvise to get the juice out of the lemons:

Yes that is a shot glass


1) Strain the lemon juice and place in a large bowl along with the zest, lemon halves and sugar.  Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve the sugar.

2) Place in the refrigerator and chill overnight. I ended up with a bit of a production line going on…in my fridge:

If anyone else looks in the fridge, they are going to think I have a problem

3) The next day remove the lemon halves and then stir in the tartaric acid.

4) Pour into a sterilised bottle…and post artfully for the camera:

Call me superficial but f it looks this good, you know it's going to taste great

If you are worried (as I was) about sterilising bottles, no need to stress there are heaps of methods and people have put idiot-proofed guides on the internet. I found one looking for lemon curd recipes – this is the one I followed and no one has died yet. So we’re all good 😀

I made the sour lemon cordial, so I used half the sugar of the original recipe. I made three times the amount and found it made two small 500mL bottles plus 3/4 of a 750mL bottle – still trying to get the logistics of amount to bottles right.

I can recommend the tart version as follows:

  • with honey and warm water to help ease a cold
  • on its own with water, for a tart and refreshing adult version of cordial
  • with a slurp of gin then topped up with lemonade

Hello Nana's lemon, gin and lemonade summer drink - my new fave

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