Like most of my girlfriends, I love a good cocktail. My poison of choice is usually a Cosmopolitan, a Manhattan or a Vodka Martini – dirty, shaken, with three olives. One should know precisely how they like their Martini after all! Lately I have been in a cocktail mood and since I live a more than a cheap cab ride from my favourite cocktail haunts, I decided the only thing to do was to start mixing my own at home.
I would love to start this little project off by creating my own vintage inspired bar cart, but alas I live in an apartment where I decided an eight seater dining table was a necessity leaving me with very little, read no room, for one. Instead I will settle for assembling all the required equipment on a purpose bought tray and using my large dining room table.
The cocktail I have decided to start this fun little project with is one that caught my eye for a few reasons, firstly I love vodka, secondly it has one of my favourite ingredients – elderflower cordial, and lastly because it has a very Southern feel to it that makes me want to dress up in my girliest, Alannah Hill approved outfit and slap on some old world jazz and lounge on my balcony in the fading afternoon sun.
Unfortunately, I forgot to buy 3 of the main ingredients for this recipe and with Jess arriving in 5 minutes, I had no time to run up to the shops. Instead I came up with an Elderflower Martini. Here’s how to make it:
Elderflower Martini (serves 2):
- Soda water
- Elderflower Cordial
- Green apple
- Martini glass
- In the shaker place 2 cucumber chunks and 2 pieces of green apple, about 2cm thick. Add 45ml of Elderflower cordial and muddle (if you don’t have a muddling stick, you can use a rolling-pin).
- Pour over 60ml of vodka (I used Grey Goose as I love the clean smoothness).
- Place on the lid and shake vigorously
- Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass and top with 60ml of soda water
- Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and green apple
Original recipe by me
I served this with a bowl of spice popcorn, here’s what I did:
Follow the instruction on the popcorn packet. its important to pop this from scratch rather than use microwave popcorn. Whilst popping, in a large mixing bowl place 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander and salt, plus a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. Pour in 2 generous tablespoons of maple syrup. When the popping has subsided, pour the hot popcorn into the mixing bowl and coat the kernels evenly. Serve in your favourite dish.