Lush and fresh – these are the best words to describe The English Garden, be it one of the most fabulous British institutions or this delicious cocktail.
And more English than this you cannot get. In fact, this cocktail is the quintessence of English-ness: the gin, the elderflower cordial, the mint… Even the Prosecco, which adds tones of continental sophistication, echoes another great British tradition, The Grand Tour.
This drink is light, refreshing and full of bubbles – perfect for a sunny-but-fresh Summer afternoon spent idly in a green, exuberant garden in England. You almost expect Helena Bonham Carter, out of A Room with a View, to show up behind the rose bushes, tennis racket in hand…
THE ENGLISH GARDEN
- 20 ml gin
- 20 ml elderflower cordial
- prosecco to taste
- a fresh mint sprig for garnish
Mix the gin and the elderflower cordial in a tall glass filled half way with ice. Top up with ice-cold prosecco and stir lightly. Decorate with the mint sprig and maybe a flower or two.
“‘Would you take them into the garden and tell Mrs. Honeychurch all about it?’ Cecil suggested. ‘And I’d stop here and tell my mother.’
‘We go with Lucy?’ said Freddy, as if taking orders.
‘Yes, you go with Lucy.’
They passed into the sunlight. Cecil watched them cross the terrace, and descend out of sight by the steps. They would descend—he knew their ways—past the shrubbery, and past the tennis-lawn and the dahlia-bed, until they reached the kitchen garden, and there, in the presence of the potatoes and the peas, the great event would be discussed.
Smiling indulgently, he lit a cigarette, and rehearsed the events that had led to such a happy conclusion.”
– E. M. Forster, A Room with a View, 1908
Photography and styling: Dee Ramadan and Margherita Poggiali