The weather tricked me. "Come outside", it said. " Look how sunny it is..." Then BAM! Fooled you. It's still cold. You do still need your gloves. And an extra jumper. And don't even think about putting those gloves away just yet.
It may be cold but there has been sunshine, and if that doesn't inspire your inner sun child then nothing will. I'm ready to welcome summer with vases of scented stocks, clean windows and a Pinterest board groaning with light summer fabrics, sorbets, salads and gin cocktails. Add this simple syrup to your cocktail repertoire.
2 large red grapefruit
200gr caster sugar
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
1, Zest and juice the grapefruits. Put the juice into a measuring jug and top up to 500ml with water.
2, Add the juice, zest, sugar, caster sugar, and rosemary into a medium sized saucepan.
3, Bring up to a boil and boil for five minutes.
4, Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
5, Strain through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of the rosemary and zest.
6, Decant into sterilised bottles or jars.
Grapefruit, Rosemary and Gin Cocktail
Fill a short tumbler to the brim with ice. Spoon on three tablespoons of syrup and 25ml of good gin and stir.
Top with soda slowly. Garnish with rosemary.