Cucumber and Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Well the day has arrived.  Today I head back to Uni.  Wow.  I’m nervous, but also really excited.  I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years, and when I found out months ago that I could do a graphic course part-time (it’s surprisingly difficult to do graphic design part-time in Perth at a respected institute, it’s all full-time courses and my mortgage ain’t gonna pay itself so I need to keep working) I got up the courage to ask my boss if I could do it.  He said yep, and here I am.

I’ve got my notepads ready, all the design programs at home now, internet (yeah haven’t had that at home yet, long story), external hard-drives, new desk chair, new dairy.  I’m really excited, did I mention that?

I really want to put up some photos from my holiday but I haven’t had a chance go through them yet.  For now though, I leave you with the drink I consumed every evening as the sun went down – cucumber, elderflower syrup and gin.  I first tried this combination at Bivouac in Perth, and although they wouldn’t tell me there was elderflower syrup in there, I got my sneak on and eventually found it.  They make it quite different to this, I guess my version is the lazy version.  The elderflower syrup is just awesome – so summery.

Hendricks gin
Elderflower syrup
Tonic water

In a short glass, add a two strips of cucumber using a potato peeler.  Add a few cubes of ice.  Add 30ml gin (one shot) and a dash of elderflower syrup (to taste).  Top up with tonic water.  Enjoy!


  1. That looks divine.
    And I guess lemonade would work just as well (for those of us who love gin but not tonic)

    Hope you have a successful study year and have a blast.

  2. Congrats on starting your new class! This cocktail sounds delicious!

  3. That is such a perfect combination. As fresh as a daisy. Good luck in class...

  4. Lovely, classic English drink. Good luck at uni!

  5. Roll on summer - then I can enjoy this wonderful drink in the garden soaking up the rays!

  6. That cocktail looks wonderful! I can't wait until it warms up here in CA so I can try one in the appropriate setting. :)

  7. You don't need elderflower syrup and tonic water seperably´s the perfect elderflower tonic water:

  8. Golly, that looks lush. What I'd give for one of those now...

  9. Thanks for all the comments!

    It's definitely a summer drink - I will forever be reminded of holidays when I drink it :)


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