WORTHY of a Mad Hatter’s tea party, Hendrick’s Gin (£26, 70cl, Sainsbury’s) suggest serving their new spring cocktail in a teapot to ‘escape the humdrum of the ordinary’.
A Scottish gin with infusions of cucumber and rose petals, the floral aromas are perfectly in tune with the flowering bulbs outside.
150ml Hendrick’s Gin, 60ml lemon juice, 33ml lavender honey syrup, your favourite vintage teapot
To make the lavender honey syrup: infuse 20ml honey with 10ml boiling water and a teaspoon of dried lavender, stir until honey dissolves completely & mixture has infused lavender
METHOD: (serves three) Half-fill the teapot with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and syrup, stir briskly and allow to sit for approx one minute. Stir again before pouring into chilled tea cups without ice (can always use a tea strainer!) Garnish with lemon zest.