The sun is going down far too early in Cornwall these days. And as the landscape around us changes from emerald green to russet orange, the flowers and ferns curl up and slumber until the new year, and the cool winds drift more frequently along the coast, we are searching deeper for little pleasures that will help ease our way into the winter season.
With colder and darker months set to stay for a while, there is a need to be enveloped in cosiness and warmth, and lulled with a little luxury. To help us embrace the transition we are taking pleasure in the new produce, scents and tastes that the new season brings, and finding joy in the wintery botanicals that we can add to our tipples and fare.
Despite not being experts in food and drink, we are blessed to be surrounded by many beautiful local eateries, who are masters in their field, and know their stuff when it comes to seasonal-inspired recipes. To aid us in our quest to remedy with seasonal indulgence we paid a visit to one of our favourite Falmouth eateries, Star & Garter. From garden to glass, their new winter cocktail list utilises some of the best seasonal ingredients, and combined with their cosy roaring fire and storybook sea views, cocktail hour has never felt so charming. To take the edge off this winter, they kindly showed us how to make two of their plant-inspired cocktails.
Gooseberry Jam Margarita
2 tsp of Homemade Gooseberry Jam from Par
25ml Lime Juice
25ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
50ml el Jimador Tequila
Rock Salt for the glass rim
Dried Rose Petals for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a Boston Cocktail Shaker (or similar), hard shake on ice, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Run a lime segment around the rim of the coupe and salt with rock salt. Add dried rose petals for garnish.
50ml Tanqueray Gin
15ml Lemon Juice
15ml Lemon Syrup
15ml Creme de Mure
Muddle two blackberries in a Boston Cocktail Shaker (or similar), add all ingredients except creme de mure and shake over ice. Strain into an ice-filled rock glass and pour in creme to mure. Add blackberries for garnish.