Cocktail of the Week: Pea Cooler

The Healthy Hedo­nist by Nicole Herft
Who says drink­ing in Jan­u­ary has to be unhealthy?
The hum­ble pea… It’s a cel­e­brat­ed green here in Britain and, I, for one love the sweet lit­tle things! 
They are full of antiox­i­dants and vit­a­mins, and are known to improve heart health. They are high in pro­tein and can even boost your immune sys­tem. Their sweet flavour match­es so well with lemon and elder­flow­er. St Ger­main is an amaz­ing elder­flow­er liqueur, so give it a try.

SERVES 2
50g cooked peas · 20ml agave nec­tar
100ml fresh cucum­ber juice (from approx. ••• cucum­ber) 30ml lemon juice · 1 sprig of tar­ragon · 50ml vod­ka 50ml St Ger­main · Ice cubes · Peas in their pods, pea sprouts and thin cucum­ber slices, to gar­nish
EQUIPMENT
Cock­tail shak­er, Mud­dler, Cock­tail strain­er
and 2 coupe glass­es

Place the peas and agave nec­tar into a cock­tail shak­er and mud­dle well for 1 min­ute. You want to extract as much pea flavour and juice as pos­si­ble. Pour in the cucum­ber juice, lemon juice, tar­ragon, vod­ka and St Ger­main. Half-fill the cock­tail shak­er with ice cubes and replace the top. Shake vig­or­ous­ly for 1 min­ute. Strain into the glass­es, mak­ing sure to get a nice lay­er of froth in each glass. Gar­nish with an opened pea pod, pea sprouts and cucum­ber slices.

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