The Honey & Co. cookbook is being read cover to cover here and while I plan to make several recipes from the book, the little section at the back with cold drinks is where I am starting. Maybe something to do with the unseasonably warm weather outside.
So Plum and Vanilla Ice Tea, sounds innocent enough but there just under the list of ingredients is a suggestion that you might like to pimp it with some gin. Why yes, I would absolutely like to pimp it or anything else for that matter with some gin.
Poached plums are a bit of a staple around here. Roasted with a little sugar, lemon peel and star anise. All credit to the maestro himself, Mr. Rory O’Connell for this recipe: http://roryoconnell.blogspot.ie/2010/11/plums.html
As Rory suggests they are delicious ice cold from the fridge with yoghurt and some chopped roasted nuts. Not much more is needed to start your day except coffee, always coffee.
You see I had been thinking that the liquor from the poached plums would make a great cordial but now I’m converted to the Honey & Co. way of gin and tea.
So I used Rory’s recipe and added 1 vanilla pod (halved and scraped). Once your plums are done, put 1.5L of water in a pot, bring to the boil and add 1 green tea bag, turn off the heat and leave the tea to infuse for 5 minutes or so. Remove 6 to 8 plums and about 2 cups of the syrup (leaving you with half the recipe to use for
midnight snacks breakfast!) Put into a separate bowl and muddle the mixture together to mash the plums a bit, ignore the stones, we’ll strain the mixture in a minute.
Pour over the tea and leave it to sit for 10 mins to let all the flavours marry and in the meantime go get the gin, tall glasses and some lemon wedges.
10 minutes later strain the mixture through a sieve into a nice jug or bottle or whatever you have handy. Put 1 to 2 shots of gin into each glass, a handful of ice, wedge of lemon and top it up with this plum and vanilla ice tea.
You can thank me later, gin o’clock just called.