Nicky’s Gardini: Something for the Weekend

Did you know the Brits are said to be obsessed by the weather? We’ve never been fully convinced than we are more so than our fellow New Yorkers – which is a great thing conversation-wise. But the forecast for this weekend is causing much excitement here in Little Britain.

In celebration of the good weather we have ahead of us, this week we’re breaking from tradition and sharing a recipe for a cocktail. This is our own twist on a Gin Garden, and we love that it blends the traditional flavors of British springtime with the classic New York cool of a Martini. Nicknamed ‘Nicky’s Gardini’, it tastes just as good drunk on the beach in the Hamptons as in an English pasture – so take it with you this weekend!

The elderflower is indigenous to Northwest Europe and was very popular with the Victorians. In season for a short period at the end of May, the flowers make a delicious fragrant syrup, once steeped in sugar and lemon.

Nicky’s Gardini

1 tbsp chopped cucumber
1 tbsp elderflower cordial (we sell this instore)
1 1/4 fl oz London gin
1 fl oz apple juice
A sprig of mint to garnish

  • Steep the cucumber in the gin over night.
  • Add the gin, sans cucumber, to a cocktail shaker with the elderflower cordial, apple juice and a handful of ice and shake hard.
  • Pour into a martini glass and garnish with the mint.

Tea & Sympathy Cupcake Competition

Morning all, happy Monday, give us a smile, the weekend’s over but it’s not that bad – especially as we are announcing a brand new create-a-cupcake competition! It’s pretty straightforward – we want you to suggest traditional British flavors for us to turn into bitesized baked yummies. We put our heads together at T&S HQ over the weekend and came up with a few ideas of our own: Guiness, Rhubarb & Custard and Maltesers got us excited, while Shepherd’s Pie and Branston Pickle  got a firm thumbs down…

We need to confirm the prize, but most likely it’ll be a pot of tea and a couple of your little creations at Tea & Sympathy! As well as getting the honor to help name the beauty.

So please let us know by commenting below, or tweeting us @TeaAndSympathy, or on facebook.

Really looking forward to your suggestions!

One day, all this could be yours... Just give it a great British flavor!