Garden Day is all about honouring our green spaces, and what better way to toast your garden and the goodness it gives us all year round than with a garden-inspired tipple in hand? So, in the interests of raised glasses and the cheerful sounds of clinking on Sunday 10th May, we’ve gone and gathered a few liquid recipes packed with ingredients that you can easily gather from your own garden.
Rose water, apple and rhubarb mocktail
This pretty little mocktail is awesome to look at and delicious to sip on. Curiously balanced, with the rhubarb giving a slightly sour backdrop to a floral rose and sweet apple front, it’s fairly easy to put together, but really looks like it’s been created for a special occasion. If preferred, you could sprinkle the finished mocktails with dried rose petals to save time.
- 1 egg white
- 3-4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 600ml apple and rhubarb juice
- 400ml soda water
- 2 teaspoons rose water
- 2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 sliced
- Ice cubes, crushed
- Mint leaves, to serve
- First prepare your rose petals. Paint both sides of each rose petal with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar on both sides. Set on a piece of parchment paper and leave to dry overnight.
- When ready to serve, combine the apple and rhubarb juice, soda water, rose water and lime juice in a large jug. Stir together to combine.
- Divide the ice between four tumblers, pour over the mocktail and top with the rose petals, mint and slices of lime, then serve.
This homemade mocktail will tickle those taste buds with wave after wave of fresh raspberry goodness. It’s the perfect drink for sharing with family and friends, making it ideal for your Garden Day celebrations. Pro tip: make beforehand and keep chilled in the fridge, just add ice cubes and garnish before serving.
- 5 handfuls ice cubes
- 5 handfuls fresh raspberries
- 7 tablespoons caster sugar
- 4 waxed lemons, juiced and zested
- 1 litre sparkling water
- Lemon slice, garnished
- Place ¾ of the raspberries in a bowl and toss with 4 tablespoons of caster sugar. Then puree through a sieve into a jug.
- Mix the lemon zest and juice into the jug and top with sparkling water.
- Add ice cubes and stir well.
- Add the remaining raspberries and a few slices of lemon to garnish, then serve.
Elderberry pear fizz mocktail
Not only is this mocktail fun and delicious, it simultaneously increases your vitamin C intake with every sip. Seductively sweet, the sprig of fresh rosemary adds a fresh, earthy aroma to balance things out…and make it look pretty.
- Pear puree
- 1 medium pear, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 packet elderberry fizzy drink mix
- 6 oz water
- 2 sprigs rosemary, for garnish
- Blackberries, for garnish
To make the pear puree, in a small saucepan heat diced pear, lemon juice, honey, and water over medium heat. Gently simmer for about ten minutes until pear is softened. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 20 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth.
- In a large glass stir water and elderberry fizzy drink mix until combined.
- Place 2 oz pear puree in each of the two glasses, with ice.
- Top each with 3 oz fizzy elderberry mix.
- Garnish each drink with a rosemary sprig and blackberries.
Raspberry elderflower mocktail
This ruby-red mocktail will keep you cool on Garden Day, and have everyone around you kicking back, relaxing and revelling in its berry goodness. It’s floral, fragrant and strong enough to hold its own, and can be enjoyed by everyone, from grandkids to grandparents.
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/3 cup elderflower syrup
- 3/4 Cup + 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
- 1 cup apple juice
- Ice cubes
- 1 lime, sliced (for garnish)
- Mash raspberries using a pestle and mortar (or large fork and bowl).
- Add elderflower syrup, cranberry juice, and apple juice in a cocktail shaker with about 1/3 mashed raspberries.
- Shake, shake, shake! Then pour into a tall glass with ice and top with remaining raspberry puree.
- Garnish with a lime slice and serve.
Very cherry mocktail
Not only is this mocktail an ideal summer party drink, it’s also quite simply the simplest to make. Sweet, fruity and heavy on the cherry, you can whip up a few refreshing glasses in no time at all.
- 150ml lemonade
- 1 teaspoon cherry cordial
- 2 teaspoon juice from jar of maraschino cherries
- 10 maraschino cherries
- Add all the ingredients to a tall glass and stir.
- It’s that easy! Now serve.
If you’re not sure which plants and flowers from your garden can be used in the creation of your drinks (and dishes) this Garden Day, you can join and ask the Candide app garden community. Candide features an extensive knowledge base of plants, plant identification, growing tips and even additional garden-inspired recipe ideas.
Original recipe sources
- Rose water, apple and rhubarb cocktail
- Raspberry lemonade
- Elderberry pear fizz cocktail
- Raspberry elderflower cocktail
- Very cherry mocktail