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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.

Ingredients – SERVES 2

  • 50g cooked peas
  • 20ml agave nectar
  • 100ml fresh cucumber juice
  • 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
  • 2 coupe glasses

Method

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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