Happy Thursday, friends! I’ve been to the beach more times in the last 2 weeks than I have during the whole summer. I was very serious when I said I aimed to get in a few more beach trips before the autumn weather sets in for good. I’m very lucky to have some beautiful beaches just a few minutes walk from home, and a freelancer’s schedule that sometimes allows a spontaneous afternoon beach adventure!
Work has been busy lately – which is super awesome – but I find that my creativity suffers on those days that I don’t get out of the office for some fresh air. No two days are ever the same, but when I can get a walk or a beach trip into my day, I definitely feel so much better for it.
After walking back up the hill after a swim, I get home feeling super hungry and thirsty. This Thursday Tipple is inspired by the end of summer and some of my favourite ingredients at the moment. My housemate and I always have lemons in the house, always. We recently bought a kaffir lime tree…and called him Lenny. Tell me I’m not the only one who names their plants?! I found some absolutely beautiful passionfruits at the Bondi farmers markets on Saturday morning. And of course, who doesn’t love vodka and rum 😉 I just knew all of these great flavours would work really well together in a drink.
I made a simple syrup infused with our home grown kaffir lime leaves, and added it to a boozy lemonade spiked with vodka and spiced rum. It’s a really pretty drink and I love the look of the passionfruit seeds, mint and kaffir lime leaves. It’s got a kick, but it’s refreshing and super easy to make for a crowd in a pitcher or punch bowl. You can play around with the ratios of the different ingredients, adding a little more of the kaffir lime syrup for sweetness, because with the lemon and passionfruit, it can be a little tart. Experiment and find the combination that makes you happy!
Kaffir Lime Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 kaffir lime leaves, bruised and crushed
- 3 lemons, juiced
- 4 passionfruits
- 2 shots vodka
- 2 shots spiced rum
- Soda water or lemonade (like 7up)
- Ice, mint leaves and kaffir lime leaves, to serve
To make the simple syrup, place caster sugar, water and kaffir lime leaves into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat and boil until slightly thickened and syrupy. Cool to room temperature, which allows the leaves to infuse into the syrup. You can make this in advance.
Pour lemon juice, passionfruit pulp, vodka, rum and sugar syrup to taste into pitcher and give a little stir with a long spoon. Add ice, soda or lemonade, mint and kaffir lime leaves. Taste for sweetness and add more syrup if desired. Serve immediately.