Geranium sunset

Geranium sunset

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From
The Herb & Flower Cookbook
Makes
1 litre

Pelargoniums, or geraniums as they are commonly called, were the first plants on my balcony. Whilst watering them in the evening, I enjoyed some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I created this drink in homage to the vibrant pinks, oranges, reds and yellows of my flowers that were reflected overhead in the most painterly of ways. And a happy coincidence is that adding a shot of booze makes them perfect to have at sundown, too. Make sure you use scented pelargonium leaves, which are edible, for this recipe.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g watermelon, skin removed and flesh chopped into cubes
3 scented geranium leaves
600ml smooth orange juice
tequila, (optional)
or vodka, (optional)

Method

  1. Remove any black seeds from the watermelon and blitz it in a blender until smooth. Strain the watermelon pulp into a jug through a fine sieve and add the scented geranium leaves to the jug. Mix and muddle them a bit with a stick or wooden spoon, cover with cling film and leave for a couple of hours or overnight in the fridge.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, remove the geranium leaves and put a couple of tablespoons of watermelon juice in the bottom of a hi-ball glass, topping up with the orange juice. If you slowly pour the orange in over the back of a spoon, the drink should become streaked with pink and yellow. Serve immediately – with a shot of vodka or tequila added if you fancy it.

Substitute the geranium with...

  • Violet, mint or rose petals.
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