rhubarb cocktail

I made these cocktails last night with my homemade rhubarb syrup which I served with gin (or vodka if you prefer) and sparkling water on ice… they were deliciously perfumed with the rhubarb which is the most gorgeous colour. If you prefer you can leave the alcohol out and have a delicious mocktail instead, pour it over ice cream or you can keep it in fridge as a cordial.

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pear drop sorbet with pear guitars

This no churn boozy sorbet is based on the the delicious pear drop cocktail which is pear juice with vodka and vanilla. It’s such a brilliant combination of flavours I have made it into an easy gelato version which is perfect for valentine’s night or date night as it’s lighter than a traditional dessert, so you won’t feel like dozing off after dinner as you dim the lights and crank up the Barry White…
It can be made in advance and kept frozen till needed. It’s also very easy and quick to make, you just need a freezer and a food processor or a nutribullet. How to make the pear guitars is at the bottom of the page after the recipe instructions.

Happy date night!

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quick cantaloupe sorbet

This delicate pale green sorbet has all the freshness of cantaloupe with its soft melony perfume. It is so summery and delicious that  Leon and Ralph (godson and godfather) think it’s amazing and tastes like the best melon snow. You can replace the vodka or gin with apple juice if you prefer it alcohol free.

Makes 1/2 litre approximately.

3 cups of ripe cantaloupe or any melon scooped out of the skin, deseeded and chopped into chunks
1/2 cup of sugar or maple syrup
Juice of half a lime
2 tablespoons of vodka or gin which gives it a lovely flavour

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