Last summer I shared some cordial recipes and they proved immensely popular. For those of you who missed it last time around, here's a refrain.
My secret joy?
Making fantabulous, unusual, tasty cordials that are unexpected and exceptionally yummy.
I trot these out for holidays and parties, where I hawk-eye everyone to make sure they are enjoying them thoroughly.
I always worry that no one is actually as interested in these decadent decoctions as I am, so, this year, I Ieft them off the family's Christmas list to see if they'd be missed.
My punishment: having to drag a mixed-pack of cordials to a family wedding last weekend. Soon enough I was being asked by other guests for recipes.
So, it seems it is time to share with all of you, my faithful readers, some of my favorite, top-secret, summer cordial combos.
A few notes:
Cordials are great for summer entertaining: add a shot to seltzer or white wine, or use as a sauce for ice cream... yum!
If you want your cordials to be ready for July, you need to set them up now! They need to sit for 3 months.
If you don't know how to make cordials at all, click here for the recipe (it is simple).
And now (drum roll, please!), the super-secret, never-before-released-to-the-public, cordial formulas!
1 part organic lemons (skin on), 2 parts green apples, and a handful of lemon balm (dried or fresh)
Equal parts cucumber and pink grapefruit, a handful of dill (fresh or dried) and a handful of spearmint (fresh or dried)
This is great for making home-made and slightly alcoholic ginger ale: 2 parts ginger, 1 part pear... just like this, it's very clean and spicy tasting. If you want to funk it up, add either one whole vanilla bean pod or a few sprigs of rosemary.