Despite eying up the leaf gelatine with great suspicion, my elderflower martini jelly set perfectly and tasted just like a martini cocktail should. Sharp and crisp, but refreshing and tangy. And frankly it tastes like wobbly drunkenness. So why am I in a sulk? Because in the time the jelly was setting in the fridge, I put my back out and I can't eat any of it because there's too much gin and I'm super high on painkillers right now.
I am sad.
But I am going to tell you how to make it. If you promise to put it in a rabbit mould and make boozy bunnies.
- Four gelatine leaves, cut into little pieces.
- 200ml cold water (set this to one side, you'll need extra water to make a bain marie as well)
- 50g caster sugar
- 200ml sparkling elderflower drink or cordial. (I used Bottlegreen. I had planned on using cordial but couldn't find any in the shop - just make up to 200ml if you use that.)
- 150ml gin
- Pomegranate seeds for decoration, optional.
- Pop your little gelatine pieces in a shallow bowl and add 20ml or so of water so they're covered (use the water you've set aside for this).
- Place the bowl over a saucepan of water and simmer (don't boil) until the gelatine has dissolved.
- Add to the rest of your water and add the sugar, elderflower and gin. Stir and you're basically done!
- If you fancy making your martini glasses or bowls look extra pretty, pop in some pomegranate seeds before pouring in your jelly mixture.
- You'll need to leave the jelly to set for 24 hours - it's a soft set. Add another leaf if you want something a little more solid.
- Now eat, and get drunk all at the same time.