Passionfruit and Lime Tom Collins? Don’t mind if I do…

Sponsored by Diageo

It’s the simplest things that make the BIGGEST impressions!

With the roses here blooming like a festival of petals, and star jasmine releasing its delicate scent throughout the house, there is no denying that Summer is almost here.

Thank the heavens, I say!

Its appearance also signals the start of the social season. Me? I love to get together with mates – giving them a welcome drink and enjoying the late afternoon.

And according to Masterchef’s Matt Preston (who knows a thing or two about entertaining) we Aussies have become a bit posh when it comes to getting together. Over the last decade, we’ve been experimenting more, embracing flavours and becoming far more knowledgeable about food and drink.

And whilst we put so much thought into the menu (and rightfully so), don’t forget that the welcome drink is that first impression which sets the tone for the day/night ahead – so make it a good one! So when I am talking a welcome drink, I’m not talking your bog-standard glass of wine…oh no!

Thanks to the #madeinhouse series we can do better than that – so let’s get a little more creative!
Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 8.08.19 am

When I think of summer, I think of gin. The stunning ingredients that make gin, such as juniper berries, coriander seeds and angelica root (to name just a few) are the perfect accompaniment to a warm day.

Passionfruit and Lime Tom Collins (Contains 1 standard drink)

  • 30ml of Gordon’s Gin
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1 half of a passionfruit
  • 30ml sugar syrup*
  • Ice (lots of ice)
  • Soda water
  • Lime wedge and mint to garnish

TO MAKE

Grab a highball glass and add ice to fill. Pour in the lovely gin, fresh lime juice, passion fruit pulp and syrup*. Give the mixture a good stir before topping with soda and garnish with mint and lime.

Stir once more and enjoy!

*To make this, boil one cup of caster sugar with one cup of water. After a few minutes, once the sugar is dissolved, cool. Keep a handy jar of syrup in your fridge for whenever you are getting creative with your welcome drink. Tres useful. And to eat?

Mrs Goodman’s Tricked up Cheese and Crackers.

A great dish that looks impressive but is super easy to prepare.

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 8.10.06 am

  • 8 wholemeal tortillas
  • 1 tub of cream cheese
  • 1 tub flavoured hummus
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 3 handfuls of rocket leaves
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ cup of pomegranate molasses
  • Salt and pepper to taste

TO MAKE

Tear the tortillas into quarters and bake in a hot oven until crisp. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and hummus, before spreading it over each (cooled) tortilla.

Next, arrange the “crackers” onto a serving plate and dress it with hummusy cheese, avocado, rocket leaves and pine nuts. A little salt and pepper at this point would not go astray. Then, drizzle over the pomegranate molasses.

And of course like any good host you have to taste before serving to your guests to make sure the food is just right.

Take your platter and your drink outside with your mates and sort out the world’s problems, ok?

Show me your own welcome drinks by using the hashtag #madeinhouse.

 What is your signature drink?

Are you going to give my Passionfruit and Lime Tom Collins a go? If so, make sure to tag me in your pics!