The two main ingredients...yep, it's essentially iced tea!
I was overjoyed to discover the Elderflower Cordial in my local supermarket a couple of years ago. It might sound like an odd thing to get so excited about, but you have to understand that as an Aussie, I've never even seen an Elderflower, let along drunk Elderflower wine or cordial. But it's something I've grown-up with all the same, because it's the sort of thing that gets mentioned in the kind of books I liked to read as a child, and still like to read. So you have to understand that to me, the very words "Elderflower Wine" are magic. It's the sort of thing that Faeries drink. It's as if you popped into your local Bottle-O and found Hobbit Ale...made in the Shire by genuine Hobbits. And what was even better, was that it tasted exactly as I imagined it would (there's always the chance of a terrible disappointment in that department)...light and sweet and flowery, like drinking nectar.
Now, it's lovely on it's own, but it occurred to me that Lady Grey Tea (which I much prefer to the old Earl), being rather light and flowery itself, would marry beautifully. So I gave it a whirl. Mmmmmm!
The finished product. A jug of this out under the apricot tree, this evening when it has cooled down a bit, would be perfect.
OK, so probably not perfect for a northern hemisphere winter, but there you have it anyway. Magical winter drinks for me would be mulled wine, or a slightly warmed honey liqueur, like this one (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Hubby and I discovered Bartholomew's on, appropriately enough, our honeymoon! No I'm not getting a commission, but I'm happy to accept one if they're willing to pay me in Mead!