On these hot & sunny days it's nice to have something lovely to drink...A couple of gorgeous things on my mind today, both non-alcoholic, but could be jazzed up if you were feeling daring :)
Make a sugar syrup (much like my gingerbread one!), with one cup of sugar, one cup of water, and a couple of vanilla pods cut open & scraped. A tablespoon or so of honey is lovely in there too. Simmer until nice & thick & syrupy. Juice enough lemons for about a cup of juice, mix into the syrup, and strain the whole lot. I like to mix it with fizzy water, I'm sure it would be just as nice with still water, and nicer still if you put a little vodka in!
I was given a beautiful bottle of hibiscus flowers in syrup for Christmas. It's really meant to go in the bottom of a glass of champagne (which is delicious, see New Years Eve photo below!), but I put one pretty flower & a little bit of syrup in the bottom of a glass of fizzy water the other day & it was superb. I imagine they would be gorgeous in all sorts of cocktails...may just have to do a few experiments! Thanks Bronwyn for the photo :)