Dear Reader, Valentine’s Day is upon us again, a day bemoaned by some singletons and also by some couples. At worst, it can be a tacky day, punctuated by plastic roses and overpriced ‘romantic’ menus at sub-standard restaurants. In the world of ginandjuicing we don’t settle for that kind of nonsense. Stay in with your Valentine’s date instead, make a lush meal at home (this one would do you well) and make this fantastic cocktail, The Raspberry Pitchfork.
The Raspberry Pitchfork is fresh, light and lush and because it’s topped up with Heartsease farm traditional lemonade you can have several of these and not get (too) tiddly!
- Muddled raspberries (place a handful raspberries in a bowl or pestle and mortar, a tablespoon of granulated sugar and mix vigorously until the raspberries start to resemble jam)
- 90 ml Heartsease Farm traditional lemonade
- 30 ml Vodka (I used this one from Waitrose & Partners)
- 10 ml of Chambord
- Juice of half a lemon
- A drop of Absinthe (optional, I couldn’t find any! Boo!)
Add the juice of half a lemon to your muddled raspberries and stir well. Spoon some of this mixture into the bottom of your champagne glass, add the Chambord and the vodka, stir well again. Top with the Heartsease Farm traditional lemonade and watch it bubble away!
Hand one of these to your Valentine’s date as they walk through the door and prepare yourself for a very fun evening indeed!