Drink me

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - The Cut // Food - Hamish An­der­son

I re­mem­ber the first time I wrote an ar­ti­cle on non-al­co­holic drinks. It was 10 or so years ago, and such was the dearth of op­tions, my rec­om­men­da­tions com­prised a widely known brand of el­der­flower cor­dial and a col­lec­tion of home­made con­coc­tions. Since then, the mar­ket for prod­ucts with a depth and nu­ance of flavour not found in main­stream soft drinks has grown so much that a num­ber of the ma­jor re­tail­ers now dis­play them un­der the ban­ner of ‘adult’ soft drinks (some­what mis­lead­ingly, as in my ex­pe­ri­ence chil­dren like them, too). Three de­li­cious and di­verse favourites for sum­mer sip­ping are be­low, but one of my favourite home­made thirst quenchers is the lemon- (non-tra­di­tional lime is just as good) and-mint com­bi­na­tion served in the Mid­dle Eastern restau­rants near where I live in west Lon­don. Sim­ply blitz to­gether lemon juice, mint leaves, sugar syrup (home­made or a shop-bought gomme such as Monin) and wa­ter, ad­just­ing pro­por­tions to your tastes. You’ll need a (non-plas­tic) straw to avoid fil­ter­ing float­ing bits through your teeth.

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