Nettle & lemon Cider Sgroppino

Nettles are so undervalued, especially in Spring when their plethora of vitamins & minerals act as the perfect antidote to winter lethargy.


Rich in Vitamins A & C along with calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium, and potassium, they have particular potency on the kidneys, liver, and act as an anti- allergy tonic.


Nettle Tea is my go-to restorative when I am under the weather, and when I’m not, this cocktail is my favourite way to enjoy a Spring evening.


Always harvest the young shoots at the tip of the plant during spring, when they are most fresh and verdant.

Ingredients:


Nettle & Honey Syrup


200ml Boiled Water

5 tbsp Honey

Large Handful Nettle Tips


For one Drink:


20ml Limoncello

20ml Nettle Syrup

1 Scoop Lemon Sorbet

Crisp Dry Cider to top up

Method:


1. Make the syrup the day before so it has time to chill. Pick through the nettle leaves to remove any bugs. Add all ingredients to a small pan and heat over a low heat to dissolve the honey.

2. Increase the heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until very lightly syrupy, this isn’t a classic syrup so it will be thinner.

3. Allow to cool to room temperature then strain into a sterile jar. Pop into the fridge to chill.

4. When ready, add the limoncello & measured nettle syrup to a mixing glass and stir to combine. Pour into a glass and add a scoop of lemon sorbet.

5. Top up with cider and drink as the sun falls behind the hills.