The perfect summer drink: Refreshing Strawberryade

Oh my goodness, it’s a proper heatwave! So a refreshing, cooling summery drink is the order of the day. This is a variation of homemade zingy lemonade with the addition of strawberries. I reckon this’ll be the perfect non-alcoholic drink for any summer garden party, picnic, barbecue or just cooling off in this heat. Strawberryade (dairy-free,…

Ruby Red Gin Quencher

I have been lucky enough to be asked by Waitrose Cellar and Hendrick’s gin to develop a cocktail. There were two categories – hot or cold cocktails featuring gin. Fortunately for me I was assigned the chilled cocktail. I’m not the biggest fan of hot alcohol and would struggle to create one – however, I will test the recipes submitted for the challenge,…

Mango Lassi

For those of us who are dairy-free, or even more so for those of us with dairy-free children, it’s a constant battle to get enough calcium in to keep the dietician happy. Over the years mine have had dairy-free yogurt so regularly that they can hardly stomach another mouthful. I exaggerate a little, but they…

Blackberry and Vanilla Syrup / Cordial

Apparently it’s a bumper year for blackberries in the UK, and if our garden is anything to go by, we’ll have blackberries coming out of our ears in the next few weeks! Having just returned from holiday the brambles in the garden were weighed down by beautiful, if slightly over-ripe berries. This called for an…

Clementine and Lime Cordial

If, like us, you have piles of clementines hanging around after Christmas and you’re a bit fed up with the whole festive thing, you need to use them up fast! Here is an excellent way of using up the soft squidgy ones, using all their lovely scented sweetness. This would make a fabulous base for…

Lemon and Lime Cordial

I have no idea why I’ve always bought cordials, they’re so easy to make and homemade can only much more natural and therefore healthy than anything store bought. Citrus is one of Big S’s favourite flavours and since we’ve had colds hanging around for weeks I thought a big dose of vitamin C would do…

Red Berry Cordial

Due to the bad weather earlier in the summer, this was our first trip to a local ‘pick your own’. Sadly for them they hadn’t managed to make much grow this year, but did have plenty of berries, raspberries, loganberries, red currants… so we came away with far too many punnets of ripe red berries….