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Friday 29 June 2012

The boy and his poison: Hard Lemonade

The sun was out! Admittedly with the accompanying humidity it's been a little like spending the day in a giant armpit, but even a hint of summer deserves liquid-celebration. I'd compare this drink to  'still-lemonade' on crack, I stumbled on it at the Pitt Cue BBQ Trailer which last week returned to the London Southbank for another three-month stint of improving the life of Waterloo commuters with cocktails and delicious takeaway pulled pork.

In essence it's lemonade enhanced with a slug of gin but there are a couple of flourishes to that basic recipe that make it far more than just a booze and mixer affair. By the time you've added the bitters and elderflower it becomes a smooth moreish cocktail that after one sip will have you making it by the litre to accompany all those messy Saturday afternoon BBQs on the horizon.

You'll need:
  • Still lemonade (either make your own or pick some up at the supermarket)
  • 50ml gin
  • 1 tsp elderflower cordial
  • 2 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • lemon slices to garnish
Make it:
  • Fill a small tumbler with ice
  • Pour in the gin then lemonade
  • Add the elderflower and bitters
  • Then stir and serve with a few slices of lemon


  1. So pleased we bought that elderflower cordial at the shops yesterday! Hard lemonade for supper!!


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