50-75 ml of Orpens Cider
35 ml Beefeater Gin
35 ml Elderflower Cordial
5 ml fresh lemon juice
Chill a large wine glass with some ice. Place all ingredients except the cider into a shaker with some ice and shake for ten seconds. Strain into the glass and finish with a healthy top up of Orpens Cider. Garnish with a decorated lemon twist.
Elderflower is gorgeous. It’s perfumed, sweet and has a little tartness that marries really well with apple and indeed with gin. Juniper and the other botanicals from the gin compliment the dryness of the cider and the blossom taste of the elderflower. This cocktail can be enjoyed on its own because of its freshness, or with a meal as its very light and goes nicely with spiced Asian foods as the mellow character of the drink smoothens out the heat of the spices. The idea to serve it in a wineglass comes from Spain where gin is very popular. Holding the glass by the stem makes sure that your hands don’t warm the drink