The Last of the Summer Punch from The Herball

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With Summer coming to a close you can keep that sunny feeling alive with this lively punch from The Herball. We first tried this at the pop-up Botanical Bar by Michael Isted during our Summer Festival.

Content Summer Punch #1 (recipe for 1)

  • 1 Fresh apple
  • 1 stick Pink rhubarb
  • 25ml Elderflower & lemon Cordial*
  • 25ml Gin
  • 5ml Metté cassis Eau de Vie
  • 5ml Fresh lemon juice
  • Spritz Elderflower aromatic water
  • Garnish Fresh elderflowers

Method: Juice the fresh apple & stick of rhubarb, fill a glass full of ice add all ingredients and stir, garnish with freshly picked elderflower and spray with elderflower aromatic water. Can be made in larger batches and served in a punch bowl with fresh elderflowers & slices of lemon. This punch can also be enjoyed without alcohol, just add a splash of sparkling water.

Homemade Elderflower & Lemon Cordial*

  • Plenty Fresh elderflowers
  • 300ml Light Honey
  • 200g Sugar (or alternative like xylitol)
  • 3 Fresh lemons

Method: Pick bundles of fresh elderflowers on a sunny afternoon free from rain, pick away from busy roads, check for any insects and give them a very gentle rinse. Place elderflowers (be very generous with the elderflowers get as many as you can in the pan) in a large pan with the honey, sugar (or alternative), water, lemon juice and grated zest, bring to a simmer for 5-6mins with lid on, turn off heat and allow to cool completely. In a kilner jar place a handful of fresh elderflowers and 1 lemon sliced, pour cordial over and seal, leave to macerate overnight and use. The cordial is also great served with still/sparkling water or with sparkling wine.