A few years ago I spent a fantastic couple of days visiting Budapest with some friends. One evening we ate at a great restaurant called Menza where we started our evening as we meant to go on by indulging in a cocktail called a Ginger Romance.

As I said, the cocktail was only the start of our evening, so my memories of the ingredients are not 100% clear but I’m fairly certain that it involved gin, ginger and elder-flower.
Even if this version isn’t completely true to the original it’s still a deliciously refreshing start to an evening.

ginger gin cocktail

 

Ingredients

Serves 2 (you can’t have a romance on your own can you?)

2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 tbs elder-flower cordial or liqueur
2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
60 ml good gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)

ice
ginger ale (optional)

Grate the fresh ginger and mix with gin, lemon juice, elder-flower cordial and ice. Strain into a glass and top with a splash of ginger ale for a long drink or into or leave plain for a stronger Martini style cocktail.