Sunday, May 20, 2018

RECIPE: Lovage Cooler

Lovage stems are hollow and can be used as straws!

Ginger Elderflower Cooler with Lovage Straw

Serves : one

2 t. elderflower syrup (you can also make your own)
1/4 - 1/2 c. ginger tea*, depending on how strong you like it (photo on left is 1/4c., on right is 1/2c.)
1" piece of seedless cucumber cut in half and sliced into wedges
2 deep red strawberries hulled and cut into wedges
1-2 ice cubes
club soda
1 stalk lovage with long stem, stripped of leaves

On the lovage stalk, wherever there is a leaf branch attached, the stem will not be hollow.  You may need to (gently) pass a long skewer through these nodes to make sure liquid will pass all the way through.

Mix the syrup and tea in a tall glass.  Add the cucumber, strawberries and ice and fill with club soda.

Insert your lovage 'straw' and enjoy!  Add an ice tea spoon so you can eat the fruit afterwards.

* I make ginger tea by steeping fresh ginger in boiling water.  I like it strong so I use a lot of ginger.

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