The Wimbledon

This cocktail is a version of a drink I learned to make at a mixer party when I worked in a stuffy Mad Men-esque firm. I've been re-working the recipe in various ways over the years and I think we have reached perfection.
Aptly named a Wimbledon (suggested by a friend), this has become my drink of choice for the summer. We called it Wimbledon because it is slightly pretentious due to all the steps involved, but it is incredibly refreshing on a hot sunny day.

This isn't a quick drink to make but once you've done most of the prep work you can pre-mix your cocktail in a big jug or individual jars.

3-4 lemons
1 tablespoon of lemon rind
1 cup of sugar
1-2 Sprig(s) of rosemary
1 cucumber
Elderflower syrup (an Ikea special)
Sparkling water
Ice cubes

Step 1 - Lemonade: Squeeze the juice from four lemons into a saucepan and stir in 1 cup of sugar and a tablespoon of lemon rind. Let it come to a boil then reduce the heat and wait for the mixture to thicken up into a nice syrup.
Step 2 - While you wait, slice half of a cucumber and dump the slices into a large jug, along with a sprig or two of rosemary.
Step 3 - After the syrup has cooled, pour it into the jug (use a strainer to catch the lemon rind) and add water. I suggest you do a few taste tests as you add water until it reaches the flavour you prefer.
Step 4 - Stir and store it in the fridge

Step 5 - The Cocktail: In your your fancy glass of choice, pour one ounce of gin and a quarter ounce of elderflower syrup over ice.
Step 6 - Add you lemonade and top it up with sparkling water.
Step 7 - If garnishing is your thing, place a cucumber slice over the rim of your glass.

VoilĂ !

Now, can't you picture yourself indulging in this cocktail under a big sun hat at a tennis match?

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