Chelsea Flower Show Last Day !  The 2021 message is green, green, green so travel on foot or by bicycle. Think Tom Jones. The Guardian said “a green message for the green-fingered”.  Despite the green theme the bar at the Chelsea Flower Show is the Jardin Blanc (named after Raymond) where there are “exciting cocktails”. What qualifies as an exciting Chelsea Flower Show Cocktail ? How’s about Ryders on the Storm a new cocktail featured in our forthcoming book Cocktails & Kicktails ?

Ryders on the Storm

Made from green apples, and inspired by an old lady’s sad demise:

“There was an old lady from Ryde
Who ate some green apples and died
The apples fermented inside the lamented
And made cider inside her inside”                 

The poor old lady – if only she’d added gin. Here’s the Ryders recipe: 2 parts gin, 1 part apple cider, 1 part lime juice, 1 part ginger beer, pour over ice and garnish with apple slices and maraschino cherries.

The name is an echo from the song by The Doors, spelt “riders”. Intriguingly their producer is rumoured to have walked out of the recording studio because he thought the song was ‘cocktail music’!

There is something about the Storm Ryders
A flavour that’s gold ‘n delicious
“To avoid the lamented –
Add gin ? You’re demented!”
The blossomed result is seditious.              

The above is an extract from Cocktails & Kicktails – Life-saving Recipes and Rhymes to Lift Body and Soul, a light-hearted book of anecdotes, recipes and rhymes, with phenomenal photographs and cartoons that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, will be published by Rowan Books on 1st November 2021 priced at £13.99. Learn more about this forthcoming book. Its sister App, Shaker, will be launched simultaneously, containing some 400 superb cocktail and mocktail recipes that will help you to plan your party with panache.  Shaker is downloadable as a stand-alone App for £3.99 or is free if you buy Cocktails & Kicktails from Rowan Books.