It’s that time of year again. Every spring, we are teased with fleeting glimpses of bright sunshine and clear blue skies. We are seduced by the promise of warmer air and longer evenings. And then, we return to the cooler weather and grey skies for a few days, feeling a little cheated and let down. It’s what’s called a false spring – and it can be a little frustrating. But the good news is that the direction of travel inevitably takes us towards summer. And we’re so looking forward to enjoying it with more freedom than we had in 2021. After a year of restrictions and confinement, I suspect there will be a lot of celebrating once normal life has returned.
Post lockdown drinking
For more than a year now, we have been restricted to drinking at home and raising a glass to our friends and loved ones via Skype or Zoom. That’s all been very nice but what we’ve all really wanted is to laugh and smile in the company of those we love. Every moment shared is now more precious than ever. But, of course lockdown ending has other consequences. And we don’t know exactly if or when restrictions will return. We do know some things for sure. Statistics tell us that people have been drinking more during this lockdown. Not really surprising, given the circumstances. We will also have to get used to pub measures once again.
Have you had your shot?
While we have been pouring gin into our glasses more regularly over the last year, we’ve also been quite generous with our shots. Anecdotally, it appears that while the number of gins we drink is one thing, how much booze goes into those drinks has changed dramatically. A single measure of gin? Forget it. A double? We’re getting there. A free-poured treble – now that’s more like it!
Sadly, as the world opens up, we’re going to have to get used to bar-made drinks again with their controlled measures and strict recipes. Nowhere near as much fun as a free-poured cocktail.
Freedom to play, freedom to pour
While we are in no way condoning excessive drinking, we appreciate the free-pour method more than ever and are likely to embrace it more as we get used to paying bar prices for weaker drinks than we get at home. So, we thought we’d suggest a little cocktail that allows you to take back control. This gorgeous, light, spring elderflower drink is the perfect refreshing cocktail to toast those blue skies and little fluffy clouds that herald this time of year. Refreshing, natural, light and delicious, this spring cocktail is going to put you in a positive, optimistic mood for the sunshine that surely lies ahead. Plus, it’s also really easy to make – and even easier to drink. This is a perfect cocktail for spring, but we think once you’ve tried it, you’ll be sipping on these well into the summer.
The Elderflower Collins – a taste of spring
Introducing the Elderflower Collins – best served in a tall Collins glass, with lots of ice and a refreshing slice of lemon. This lovely cocktail only uses a few ingredients and is really simple to make. Basically, all you need is gin, lemon and elderflower cordial (and a slice of lemon for some citrus zest!) We think this cocktail lends itself to the clean, vapour-infused taste of Bombay Sapphire – a gin that doesn’t overpower the elderflower. Martin Miller’s is another deliciously smooth option that is a perfect, smooth match for elderflower. And while the recioe might call for 50 ml of gin, freedom means you can keep pouring until you’re happy. All you need now is a hammock and some nibbles!
Elderflower Collins cocktail recipe
- Blend all ingredients in a glass, stirring well
- Add soda water (while stirring glass)
- Pour into a tall glass full of large ice cubes
- Garnish with lemon wedge
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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