Super Summery Lemon & Mint Cocktails

This, dear Readers, is your new summer cocktail. I know, I know, I’m just too good to you. You can send any thank you presents direct to me at work. Cheers.

Anyhoo, this drink is summer in a glass; light, fruity, refreshing and it barely tastes alcoholic at all which means you can throw it down your neck at a rate of knots and not realise how smashed you are until you try to stand up and your legs go wobbly*.

* This is NOT advised

I made it for some friends one sunny afternoon and despite us all having plans which involved leaving the house, we ended up slumped on the sofa, talking crap, watching retro TV (HI, Jurassic Park!) and ordering Chicken Shop on Deliveroo**.

** This isn’t advised either, though the film and the takeaway were excellent

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This recipe is for a vodka cocktail, but the lemon & mint syrup is pretty versatile so you could use it to make whatever your little heart desires. It goes very well with gin & tonic and is also excellent topped with prosecco to make a kind-of-bellini. To be fair, you could forgo the booze completely and just use it as a cordial. THE WORLD IS YOUR DRINKS OYSTER!

What you need (to get 4 people a little tipsy):

125g caster sugar

6 lemons

A generous handful of mint

Vodka

Soda water

 

What to do:

  1. Cut your lemons in half and stick them in the microwave for about 20 seconds (super Mary Berry tip there) to warm them up before juicing them
  1. Put your sugar and a splash of water in a saucepan and heat it until the sugar is completely dissolved

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  1. Chop up your mint and add to the sugar water, bring to the boil

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  1. Add your lemon juice (don’t worry about fishing out the pips, you’re sieving it next) and stir
  1. Sieve your mixture into a jug, squishing your mint to get all the flavour out of it and into the syrup. Leave to cool.

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  1. To make the cocktails, put a double shot of vodka into a glass, a double shot of the syrup and top with ice and soda water. Garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of mint if you’re out to impress…

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  1. Cheers *slurp* *hiccup*

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