C IS FOR COCKTAIL, LONDON EDITION: DILL OR NO DILL

When we were in London a couple of weeks ago, we had dinner at Berners Tavern, which was absolutely wonderful. I ordered the Dill or No Dill cocktail before dinner and it was everything a cocktail should be: tart, sweet, savoury and complex.

I was going to try to duplicate the recipe when I found it online. Here it is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

DILL OR NO DILL

Yield: 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

50 ml gin (I use Hendricks)
25 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
17.5 ml elderflower syrup or cordial (I use this brand)
* 20 ml cucumber water
2 sprigs of dill + 1 sprig for garnish
1 pinch of smoked salt (I use this brand)


INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour gin into shaker. Add lemon juice, elderflower syrup or cordial, cucumber water, dill and smoked salt.

Shake until cold.

Strain into a glass and garnish with a sprig of dill.

* to make cucumber water, peel half a cucumber, cut into chunks and press into a chinois or strainer over a measuring cup until liquid is released.
 

Below is a video of Gareth Evans making the cocktail. Enjoy.



ANGLOPHILIA - PART I: DAYLESFORD ORGANIC FARM

We just arrived from England last Saturday after a wonderful 2 weeks visiting relatives and travelling around the south. One place that really stood out to me for it's sheer beauty was Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire.

Lady Carole Bamford married billionaire industrialist Sir Anthony Bamford and then started converting the family's farms to organic. This led to the opening of Daylesford Organic Farm in 2002. In 2006, Carole Bamford founded the Bamford line which sells beautiful clothing, home, baby and bath products. I was eyeing a dark green glass bottle of geranium bath oil, but the £40 ($80 Cdn / $60 US) price tag was a sharp deterrent.

As you can see by the photos below, the grounds, produce, flowers and clothing are beautifully curated and arranged. The prices, however, are incredibly steep. The only things I bought were two lovely cylinders of tea: Earl Grey and Chamomile. Now every afternoon when I have a cup, I'm reminded of the beautiful shops of Daylesford Farms.

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[ above two photos taken by me ]



I'M LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

Tomorrow night, my husband, children and I are heading off to London to visit the Queen. No really, we're heading over there to visit my husband's parents, relatives and friends. We'll be away for a couple of weeks and I've decided to take a blogging holiday so I'll be back the second week of August.

Until then, to see what I'm up to, follow me on Instagram.

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