Guava cocktail

I used the red wine sangria as a base. Well chilled from the fridge, ice blocks was added. Pour in some Guava syrup, then place a piece of Guava as decoration.

Delicious summer drink. Guava is a super food from South Africa. You can chew and eat the seeds as well.

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Make this summer drink!

To make this Sangria punch, I used several red wines. I prefer more sweet wine. Kiwi, apple, orange, mandarin all cut up and soaked in the wine. I made some lavender syrup to mix if people like more sweetness. It is a help yourself drink. Easy! Put it in the fridge to keep cool. Prior to one week, you can take away all the fruits, otherwise it would taste a little bitterness. You can pour a little brandy or sparkling wine for more taste.

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Cocktail from foraged food

These days I am reading Johhn Wright’s book on Booze. He is one of my favourite wild food forager. Not only the cocktail from wild foods are tasty with wild aromas, but they are beneficial to our body as well, such as a haw gin is good for blood pressure control. He has even a trick of making smoked sloe gin by squirting smoke through a drink. The smoke could be from the mix of oak chips, orange, cinnamon stick, cloves.

Cocktails could be made from elderflower vodka, rose petal vodka…

A PiƱa Colada would be made from Gorse flower white rum, which has coconut flavour and an undertone of pineapple.

Crab apple and haw fruit leather to make a sherry-like infusion.

Cheery brandy has almond flavour from the stone. Rosehip vodka has a distinct note of vanilla. Both are very useful in mixing a cocktail.

My imagination is to make aromatic cocktail, such as using rose water to make ice cubes, a drop of limoncello, a dip of rosemary…

We Chinese has a tradition of making foods from wild products, such as spring time eating Biennial Wormwood and Rice Cake and Pine Pollen power and Rice Cake, both of them are producing in April, when Chinese go to the graves to present these foods to ancestors.

In Auckland, you can easily find a place to pick up pine pollen. For me, I would pick up fresh new pine needle, to cook with water to collect the essence, which could be a kind of mint to give a throat freshness, of course it is more beneficial to skin and health.

To be continued…