Orange and Elder Flower Mocktail


My little girl and I love making fruity drinks and today Bella decided she just didn’t want orange juice, it will have to be fancy orange juice to match with her fancy dress she got over the weekend. So I introduced Bells to Elderflower syrup and this is now her new favorite drink. Being a bouncing toddler at 4, “my favorite drink forever: usually has a life expectancy of 48 hours. 

Estimated Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients;

  • 4 Valencia Orange
  • 1/4 cup of Elderflower syrup
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • Basil Leaves for garnish (optional)

Method;

  1. Juice the oranges and pour into a jug.
  2. Add the Elderflower syrup and mix well.
  3. Serve with crushed ice and basil leaves as a garnish. Beware though, it may send the kids on a sugar rush in 1/2 hour though.


Lychee Champagne


With the arrival of my baby boy, it’s been a challenge to make it to events and social gatherings. I love my new role as a mum and have learned to be creative when it comes to special get-togethers and catch ups. One such event was my close friend’s hens. The girls headed to a dance studio to learn the art of cheer leading. While they were mastering their sexy pouts, roaring chants and flirty hip rolls, I took to the kitchen for some fun of my own! When you can’t come to the party, Lychee Champagnes are a sure way to lure the party to you! Congratulations Annie and I can’t wait to see you walk down the isle!

Estimated Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients;

  • 1 bottle of sparking wine (preferably pink, I used Yellow Glen Pink)
  • 1 can of Lychee
  • Mint Leaves and Strawberries for Garnish

Method;

  1. Place the wine bottle and can of Lychee in the Freeze for approximately 2 – 3 hours. As each fridge will be at a different setting, check on both the wine and lychee regularly. You want both to set slightly to form a slushy. To test this, all you need to do is shake the can and bottle to hear a light slushy sound.
  2. Once the slushy consistency appears in both, empty the lychee can into a bowl and transfer the lychee flesh into a cocktail/wine glasses leaving the slushy lychee liquid in the bowl.
  3. Garnish the cups with mint leaves and cut strawberries. The strawberries can hang to the sides as above, otherwise be cut up and thrown in the glasses with the lychee flesh.
  4. Pour the lychee liquid into a jug, followed by the wine and pour the mixture into the cocktail/wine glasses as pictured above.
  5. Serve immediately as the effects of this cocktail relies on the fizz of the wine.

For those who prefer not to be on constant watch, you can just blend the two liquid together in a blender with some ice. Either way, you’ll be happily tipsy before you know it hehehe.

Enjoy the heavenly sweetness, but do be careful as they are delectably addictive!