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Summer Tipples

To me, there is nothing that says summery get-together more than a jug of something cool and delicious.

There are endless combinations to be tried and tested, everyone has a favourite flavour and level of sweetness, and I hope at least one of these combinations tickles your fancy.

I like to work with the basic equation of fruity+sparkling+/-booze+ice+/-bitstoeatwithyourfingers = punchy perfection.

All measurements below work for jugs that hold 1.5 – 2L of deliciousness.

Jug O' Pimms

Jug o’ Pimms

Pretty Borage Ice Cubes (or regular ice if you aren’t fancy)
200 – 400 mls Pimms (choose your booze level)
1/2 cucumber sliced (seeds removed if it is a particularly seedy one)
Mint (optional)
1L Ginger Ale (or Lemonade if that’s your jam)

Fill your jug with as many icecubes as you can because it is 41C outside and your aircon is broken. Use the very pretty icecubes you have been making with borage and watch as the pretty flowers float about in your drink and taste like cucumber.

Slice up your cucumber in whatever way you like. I am partial to long thin strips but do what feels best and chuck that in the jug. If you have some mint, add that in there too.

Pour in the Pimms. I’m not going to lie to you – I have no idea how much we usually use – enough so that it tastes like Pimms? We probably had a good inch and a half to two inches in our 2 litre jug (then we added more after tasting). Top with ginger ale (lemonade if you must) and drink. Sit back and reflect on a job well done.

Pomegranate Punch

1 Pomegranate (refridgerated)
300 mls sparkling mineral water
300 mls ginger ale
50 mls Chambord
50 mls Absolut Vodka (use a different kind if you like, but this is my favourite)
40 mls Ribena cordial or POM Cherry and Pomegranate juice if you can get it
Ice to fill jug

Cut pomegranate in half, over a bowl (or straight into your jug) tip the pomegranate cut side down and WHACK the outside repeatedly with the back of a wooden spoon until 95% of the tiny jewel-like seeds have popped out. Tear the pomegranate apart to remove the remaining seeds. Repeat with other half. Remove any pith.

Into the jug pour the pomegranate seeds, alcohols and cordial. Mix gently and allow to sit in the fridge for up to 2 hours to chill/infuse.

Just before serving, add ginger ale and sparkling mineral water and mix gently. Top with ice.

Drink! Enjoy getting sticky red fingers while trying to fish the seeds out of the bottom of your glass. This was our Christmas Punch this year and it made us all quite jolly!

Eternal Sunshine Punch

400mls pineapple juice
200 mls pink grapefruit juice or orange juice
2 limes
1-3 tablespoons brown sugar (depending on your sweet tooth)
750mls Omni Citrus (or any fruity sparkling)
Ice to fill jug

Start dreaming of an island holiday after you see a pineapple on the bench and tin of juice in your pantry (so fancy). Find umbrellas from hilarious party your housemate held 4 years ago. Get idea!

Peel zest from one lime, muddle with the brown sugar in the bottom of the jug. Add juice from this lime to jug.

Slice remaining lime into thin slices (try not to cut your finger at this point, citrus juice is not your friend if you do). Add slices to jug. Pour in all remaining liquid ingredients, stir gently. Top with ice. Sit outside with a giant fan, sunscreen and hat, sipping this out of some kind of ridiculous glass with an umbrella and oversized garnish of pineapple and cherry.

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About a week after we moved to our new house, I heard a weird noise coming closer and closer. “What sort of neighbourhood have we moved to? What on earth is that horrible noise?” As it got closer, I realised that it was someone selling fruit and veggies off the back of a ute and hawking their wares over a loudspeaker. It brought back a really clear memory of growing up in Kalgoorlie and having a fruit and veggie truck that came around.

I feel like it is important to note that everyone else I know who lives in our suburb have never heard or seen the fruit and veggie ute so maybe it is all a figment of my imagination. The following suggests it isn’t though.

Now, it has taken a year but I was finally prepared with money and so on when I heard him approaching. Well, Esther was prepared – she ran out and bought us strawberries, apples and a bag of blood oranges.

I ate as many blood oranges as I could in the next couple of days but there were still heaps left. Then some of our friends gave us a bag of lemons and Esther made a several litres of Lemon Cordial and it inspired me.

The rest of the blood oranges which were getting a little bit sad and over-ripe would become Blood Orange Cordial.

Blood Orange Cordial

Inspired by this recipe on Allrecipes.com.au

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 Tbsp citric acid
  • 1 Tbsp tartaric acid
  • juice of 8 blood oranges (approximately. I didn’t count.)

Dissolve sugar in water over heat in a large saucepan.

Add citric and tartaric acids.Stir to ensure that all is completely dissolved and cool.

Stir in juice and bottle into clean, dry bottles.

Store in the fridge.

How to sterilise your bottles

Preheat your oven to 110C.

Wash them thoroughly in hot soapy water. Rinse thoroughly.

Boil in a stockpot (or the biggest saucepan you have) for at least 10 minutes.

Carefully (i.e. use some tongs, you numpty) place on a clean oven tray and dry in the oven for 15 minutes.

Blood Orange Cordial (Or: A delicious spring tipple.)

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