Drinks to see me through the summer

22nd May 

The weeks are flashing past and before we know it, mid summer will be here.  Today I spotted the first elderflowers flowering and so in a week or two, I will be out there along with many others collecting my flower heads and making my own elderflower cordial.  Which made me think, that depending on the weather dictates what I like to drink in the day.  Gone now are the cold wet dark damp nights, of roaring log fires and a warmed glass of rioja or mulled wine but instead more delicate flavours and lighter drinks are required. 

The last few mornings instead of automatically reaching out for caffeine my body has craved, yes you read that right, craved a cleaner drink and so I have been drinking hot water with slices of lemon.  I often revert back to this drink in the summer as my first drink of the day.  I would not want to be with out this on summer mornings.


hot water and lemon
Hot water and lemon to start the day


During the day other than drinking tap water, I am a tap water lover, I really savour elderflower cordial.  I had Amy here for lunch yesterday and that was our drink of choice, but my remiss was to give her bought cordial, when in fact I actually have two bottles left from last years making!  Doh!  this really is a wonderful early summer drink, so delicate.  It's especially lovely with sparkling water or even a cheeky glass of champagne.  In case you want to collate all that you need to be ready for making elderflower cordial follow the link to a great recipe!  Elderflower cordial


elderflower cordial
Elderflower cordial and sparkling water


Usually towards the end of the summer I remember how much I love iced coffee and how excellent it really is at hitting the spot on a hot dry day.  This year, a first, I have remembered it at the beginning of the season and have already partaken of a sip or two.  I shall really enjoy this all summer long now.


iced coffee
Iced coffee, I keep a jug of it in the fridge


What would a girl living in Britain be if she didn't include in her summer drinking that of good old Pimms.  An English summer is not an English summer without sport, strawberries and Pimms.


pimms summer drink
Pimms in a kilner jar!


Lastly and although strictly a drink I love all year round, I think it especially lovely on early summer evenings, just to get the week end started, a classic mojito... in fact, I'm off to make one now, have a wonderful weekend everyone.


mojito cocktail
Always time for a mojito

Joining in with  Amy  from Love Made My Home and  The List #37  hope you
enjoyed my 5 summer drinks, pop over and see what others are sharing too and 

 
♥  As we say in the UK,  CHEERS 

42 comments:

  1. Cheers to you!!! Five great drinks, and the cordial yesterday was lovely, but if I had known you had homemade!! Just kidding!! I thought that you were not going to do a post today, but this was a great idea! I am totally with you on all of these drinks, apart from the coffee, I love coffee things, but an not a coffee drinker! I will take the pimms and mojito instead! Thank you so much for joining in - as always! I hope you have a great weekend!!! xx

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    1. I wasn't going to join in as I says but when I saw the elder flowers in the trees today it started me thinking and you know we bloggers just have to share....

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  2. I'm not a coffee drinker...as you read on my most recent blog...tea is a preferred summer drink.

    But, oh that mojito looks divine!!
    Enjoy.

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    1. It was good Annie. Go and make one and have a tipple yourself. Cheers x

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  3. Oh my goodness! I love everyone of those drinks ha! You have reminded me that I have gotten out of the habit of drinking lemon and water in the morning. A jug of Pimms sums up summer for me too! Chin chin lovely! Have a great weekend xx

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    1. Chin chin to you too Lisa. Had totally forgotten that expression. Love it

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  4. Hahaha!! Your verifier just made me pick drinks ha!! X

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  5. Yummy summerdrinks, well captured in photos...
    I like elderflower cordial, now I'm waiting, that elder begins to bloom.
    Have a nice weekend

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  6. Your drinks look very refreshing and I am rather partial to elderflower cordial although I have never tasted homemade, I may try it if we ever have a Summer up here. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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    1. Linda. Sending you summer weather wishes and that you do manage to make your own cordial. Bought is lovely but as with anything the satisfaction of homemade is second to none

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  7. All yummy drinks, I'd add a nice G&T into the mix! I have my eye on the elder trees here ready to pick the blossoms. x

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    1. G and T is a classic It dies hit the summer spot perfectly I agree. Ooh met me know when you make your cordial

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  8. I would love to try making elderflower cordial but knowing me I would pick the wrong flower. I have to say I have never tried Pimms. I must put it on my to-do list. X

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    1. Yes! You really should try Pimms, but it must have all the bits too. The fruit and cucumber to get the whole atmosphere of summer. Enjoy x

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  9. Hi Selma, I love your selection of drinks for the summer. The photos you took of them look amazing. And I'm sure they taste that way too. Enjoy your weekend and don't crochet too much ;) hugs to you, Pat

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  10. Cheers to that, I do love pimms and I'm also a hot water and lemon girl first thing in the morning.
    Clare x

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  11. I love elderflower cordial. I might try and make my own now this year, thanks x

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    1. It really is so simple to make. Did you see I added a link to a recipe. There is great satisfaction in making your own. Good luck and enjoy x

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  12. What a great post - thanks, Selma. It's Earl Grey or Pimms for me but I do have a guilty pleasure on a hot day: Malibu and Coke. Ssh, don't tell anyone! x

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    1. I promise not to say a word. A lovely guilty summer pleasure if I may say so...

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  13. Sorry for being so late at getting around to comment for this past week's Five on Friday!!! Where does the week get to? This week it disappeared into my gardening work!!! LOL!
    Ooooh, iced coffee!!! What a great idea, and like you I often forget about how good it is until late summer or even late fall, gasp!
    Hugs for now,
    Beth P
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    1. Well done you Beth. I have sooooo much gardening to do it's depressing. Glad to have reminded you of iced coffee

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  14. I'm with you on the mojito... fabulous summer drink, although we recently discovered Aperol Spritz when we were in Italy which is a lovely summer drink too. Thanks for your lovely enthusiastic comment on my Five on Friday post!

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    1. Gina, I've not heard of that drink am off to google. Thanks for the heads up x

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  15. I LOVE elderflower cordial. It will soon be time to make some. I can't wait.

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    1. Snap Gillian I can't wait either. Am going to try to find time this week end I hope.

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  16. although I'm digging all the healthy drinks my heart truly lies with the last I'm afraid ... mmmm! Thanks for linking up to #Thelist xxx

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    1. I know Hannah. We all want to eat clean and be healthy but sometimes it just calls out to us.

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  17. Those are some yummy looking drinks! You are so right, always time for a mojito :)

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  18. A lovely list looking delicious and luscious in all instances. I always have hot water with a slice of lemon and ginger in the mornings - you should give that a try. I've been longingly looking at elderflower cordial recipes for a while but as a city girl I'm not sure whether I have the confidence to pluck the right flowers - I'm worried I may end up with cow parsley!

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    1. Ooh Judith love the sound if adding ginger. Will be sure to give that a try. Thanks. Am positive you will pick the correct heads. Just giggle image elderflower heads and the cow parsley and you will see they are different. You'll be fine.

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  19. I love this post! I love all of those drinks! Even though the weather has been rubbish here I am declaring it Pimms season. Love the kilner jar

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    1. Love the fact you are declaring it Pimms season. Lady after my own heart

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  20. Lots of delicious summer drinks! I love Pimms but would love to makes elderflower cordial too!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  21. We had elderberry cordial yesterday. We mixed it with soda water, lime and blackberries. It was delish. My kids like the cordial mixed with ice water. Just enough of a mix of sweet and cool.

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