For the lemon verbena cordial
- 35g fresh lemon verbena leaves (or 10g dried if you can’t get fresh ones)
- 250g caster sugar
For the cocktail
- 25ml fino sherry (we used Tio Pepe)
- 1-2 dash lemon bitters
- prosecco to mix
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For the garnish
- strip of rolled lemon zest skewered with a cocktail stick and a sprig of mint
Start by making the lemon verbena cordial. Pour 350ml water into a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Add the lemon verbena and let steep for a few moments until the leaves have wilted a little, then add the caster sugar. Mix well until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat off and allow to cool. Once cool, transfer to a sealable container and place in the fridge for a minimum of 12hrs – or overnight. Then simply strain off and discard the leaves and bottle the cordial in a steralised bottle – it will keep for a week in the fridge.
To make the cocktail fill a wine glass two-thirds full with ice. Pour in the sherry, 25ml of the lemon verbena cordial and bitters and a splash of prosecco.
Stir to mix, adding a few more ice cubes and another dash of the prosecco. Finally, top with the remaining prosecco and give it a last mix before garnishing with a strip of lemon zest on a cocktail stick and a sprig of fresh mint.