This elderflower cordial and Green Ginger Wine Cocktail is refreshing and delicious.
There is something really rather special about sipping a cocktail from a proper martini glass. It is enough to make me want to put on a frock, heels and enthrall those around me with my wisdom and repartee. In reality there is an awful lot of booze in one full martini glass, that is also terribly easy to slosh (especially when I am not used to wearing heels), which would lead me to quickly telling the cocktail joke “Martinis are like breasts – one is not enough and three would be silly”, then poke my eye with the adornments in the glass.
I really enjoy ginger wine, it makes a splendid winter apéritif, the sweetness tempers and offets the fiery ginger favour. This ginger wine cocktail is not that strong, the ginger wine has an alcohol content of 13.5%, but my martini glasses do hold a stagger-making 180ml each, and the two drinks above used up just under a third of a bottle of ginger wine, so it does pack a pre dinner punch.
I had always thought of ginger wine as a seasonal drink, which I love drinking in the winter – it goes well with a roaring fire – but it works equally as well when chilled as a summery drink, with some citrus and elderflower in this cocktial. I used my homemade elderflower cordial, but there are numerous excellent ones for sale in the supermarket.
Despite its name Stone’s Green Ginger wine is not in fact green but a lovely golden amber, given the Jubilee bottle and the hectic year the Queen will be having I am tempted to call this the Busy Lizzie.
Recipe: Elderflower & Ginger Wine Cocktail
- 50 ml Chilled Elderflower Cordial
- 150 ml Chilled Ginger Wine
- 1 Lime Wedge
- Lemon Grass stick – cut in half lengthwise
- 2 sprigs of mint
- Pour a dash of cordial into each glass, and top up with ginger wine. You want about a 1:3 ratio. Add a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with a slice of lime, sprig of mint and stick of lemongrass.
- Enjoy elegantly.
Thank you to Stone’s for the Jubilee bottle used to make this green ginger wine cocktail!