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Cherry Gin Spritzer

It feels so nice to finally get back into a routine.

The holidays were fun and memorable, but the ‘flu-on-arrival’ not so much. And our bodies felt so drained and deprived that it was begging for nourishing home cooked food, rest and the monotony of everyday routine. As boring as it sounds, it’s the routine of our everyday life that keeps us sane.

While we missed a large slice of summer this year, glad that the days are still warm and long for us to laze around in the backyard, sip on a drink or two and relax. The days ahead look promising for a backyard party too…

Late last year I had the opportunity to visit the magnificent Yarra Valley Cherry Orchard. They had kindly gifted all of us with a box of the most delicious fresh cherries of the season which I admit pretty much were gobbled up on its own. But I did try out a couple of recipes and this Cherry Gin Spritzer was one of them.

Cherry Gin Spritzer - thespiceadventuress.com

Cherry Gin Spritzer - thespiceadventuress.com

I know cherries are slowly going out of season but this recipe is a keeper, one that you can return to next summer. Or you could take the general idea and replace the cherries with whichever fruit is in season at the moment.

This cocktail is all about refreshment at the end of a long day or on a really warm afternoon. Perfect for parties too; just assemble on the ingredients on a tray with different kinds of fruits and people can make their own drink.

The cherries are muddled with sugar syrup, mixed up with lime juice, gin and topped with soda…that’s it. Just omit the gin if you prefer a non alcoholic version which tastes great too especially if you have children around.

Cherry Gin Spritzer - thespiceadventuress.com

And if you get around to making this Cherry Gin Spritzer, do tag me (#thespiceadventuress) so that I get to see it too.

(Adapted from this website)

Ingredients:

(Makes 1 drink)

  1. 5 fresh cherries; pitted
  2. ½ ounce sugar syrup
  3. ½ ounce lime juice
  4. 2 ounces gin
  5. Soda/sparkling water
  6. Crushed ice
  7. Lime slice and whole cherries, for garnish

Method:

  1. In a tall glass, muddle the cherries with sugar syrup and lime juice.
  2. Add the crushed ice, gin and mix. Top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with fresh cherries and lime slice.
  4. Enjoy responsibly

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Lemon Mint Cooler……….beating the Oz heat!

 

(Updated with new photographs)

Anyone who complains of ‘the Indian summer’ has never been to Australia! The temperatures soared to a 46°C this year and I thought I was going to melt away to nothingness. The heat is so dry and brutal and literally burns your skin and insides too.

Being my first summer here, I must say I was not adequately prepared or I would have stocked up on more refreshing drinks. But I did make a few, mostly classic summer drinks, and all which are common in India.

And the first one of these was the lime mint cooler. A summer drink which features on every restaurant menu in India. I love this drink because it’s cool and refreshing and I also love mint. A very simple drink to prepare – like the name, all that you need is lemon and mint.

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In this recipe though, I have used a mix of both fresh lemons and a lemon cordial – the job’s much easier when you want to make large quantities. Get the freshest bunch of mint that you can find in the shop; it makes all the difference to the taste.

Lemon Mint Cooler – my fave summer classic!

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

Ingredients:

(Makes 1 litre)

  1. 2 cups Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial
  2. ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Chilled water
  7. Lemon slices, for garnish
  8. Mint leaves, for garnish

Note – The measurements are only approximations and you need to keep tasting as you go as the tanginess of the lemons and size of the mint leaves, all make a difference.

Method:

  • Blend the cordial, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar.
  • Pour into a large jar and add chilled water to make up the volume to 1 litre. Taste and add more lemon juice/sugar/mint as required.
  • Pour into a tall glass over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

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How are you beating the heat this summer?

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