Hello Sunshine!

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Hosting a BBQ this sunny bank holiday weekend? We don’t blame you - us Brits need to make hay while the sun does shine! So to make your spring soiree that extra special we’ve put together a few little tips and tricks to help you spring into summer.

Floral Ice

Now these take a little bit of advanced preparation, but they are worth the wait! Beautiful edible floral ice cubes make the perfect partner for your spring cocktail.

Small, edible flowers

Distilled water

Ice cube moulds

To make the ice cubes extra clear, distil the water in advance by boiling it for 2-3 minutes and leaving it to cool completely before using. Place the small, edible flowers in each ice cube mould and fill ¼ of the way up with the distilled water, so the flowers are completely covered. Place in the freezer to set. Once set, remove from the freezer and fill again. Place back in the freezer to set. If you want to add more flowers, fill and freeze the cubes ¼ at a time and place your extra layer of flowers on your third addition of water.

Spring Gin

Only for the guests who are 18 and older, this twist on the classic Tom Collins is a refreshing surprise. Who doesn’t enjoy a splash of elderflower on a hot summer’s day?

50ml gin - we highly recommend the Lakes Distillery's Rosehip & Rhubarb Gin Liqueur, or the Elderflower version!

20ml lemon

10ml sugar syrup

10ml elderflower cordial

Soda (or sparkling wine) to complete

Combine the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Shake. Pour over your floral ice cubes and top-off with sparkling water. Decorate with a sprig of Rosemary. For an extra special treat, top it off with sparkling wine instead of water to create a Royale - it is the bank holiday after all!

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Fresh and Fruity Ice Lollies

Now the BBQ is done and dusted, it’s time to embrace the warmer weather with some fruit & flower ice lollies to cleanse the palate.

Variety of your favourite fruits

Edible flowers

Coconut water or elderflower presse

Ice lolly moulds

Wooden ice lolly sticks

Chop up out favourite fruits and collect your edible flowers. Place in the moulds and fill ¼ with elderflower presse or coconut water. Place in the freezer to set. Remove from the freezer and repeat the process. 

Remember, before you go plucking flowers from your garden, don’t forget to check that they’re safe to eat first! 

Emma Thornton