Ok, I admit that martinis don’t really fall under ‘healthy living’ in the traditional sense. But you know my philosophy is about balance and living well – healthy living in a complete, holistic, creative, “everything in moderation”, “get out and enjoy life” kind of way. So the occasional martini features in my life … especially when it gives me an excuse to use my homemade elderflower cordial.
I’ll keep this short and sweet since I got many comments from readers who don’t live near elder trees, and can’t make the cordial themselves! (You’ll have to plan a visit to England during May/June to make your own!)
You could use this same basic idea with any kind of cordial or fruit syrup though. Get creative!
Zak is the official martini-maker in our house, so he gets credit for this recipe. Thanks Zak, it’s delicious!
3 oz Hendrick’s Gin (because it’s florally … but you can use any good gin that you like)
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. elderflower cordial
2 cucumber slices
Chill the martini glass. Pour the cordial in the bottom of the glass. Put ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin and vermouth, and shake for 45 seconds until the container is very cold. Strain into the martini glass on top of the cordial. Put 2 cucumber slices into the glass. Enjoy!