As you may have read in our Gardeners Diaries blog post in July, we’ve had rather a glut of veg recently, particularly our courgettes. You may have received a few in your veg box so we wanted to think outside the normal realm of this delicious green vegetable.
Courgettes are such a versatile ingredient – they can be stir-fried, roasted, put into the cake, made ‘pasta’, added to soups and salads. But we bet you’ve never thought about making a martini out of it?
We found and tried this recipe from BBC Good Food and loved it so much we had to share it with you. Courgette, martini blended with lemon and shots of gin and vermouth makes a refreshing beverage that will tickle your taste buds.
Preparation & cooking time: 10 mins (plus chilling)
- 1 courgette, coarsely grated
- juice 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 25ml vermouth
- 50ml gin
- mint leaf to garnish
Mix the courgette with the lemon juice and sugar and leave to steep for 1 hr. In the meantime, place a martini glass in the fridge to chill.
Strain the courgette mixture through a sieve into a jug. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add 25ml of the courgette syrup followed by the vermouth and gin. Stir gently a few times then strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve.