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Battle of the Green Hornets

After mentioning Green Hornet cocktails in my previous article, I went searching for recipes for dandelion syrup cocktails (It may seem like an odd thing to do on a Tuesday afternoon, but I was trying to work out what to do with the pesky weeds that keep invading the garden: I pulled all mine out by the roots a few weeks ago, but they keep re-seeding from other gardens nearby with less weed-hating owners. As such, it seemed only sensible to find out a way to use them. If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em, or something. When I discovered dandelion syrup was an option, cocktails were the next logical step.)

In only a few mouse-clicks a cocktail recipe was forthcoming for The Green Hornet: a cocktail sharing the name, but not the ingredients, with the one mentioned in my previous post. I’m not sure which is the original and which is the copycat name-wise (or indeed, maybe the difference between a cocktail called merely ‘Green Hornet’ and another called ‘The Green Hornet’ is huge in the mixology world. But I doubt it.)

Anyway, the recipe looks nice, with gin, apple juice, dandelion syrup and flavoured mineral water. It’s a useful way to use up your weeds (if cocktails can be defined as ‘useful’ which is rather ridiculous). And hippy types claim dandelion syrup has detox properties too – though probably not when combined with gin. Still, who knows, maybe it’ll lessen the hangover? Give it a go and see what you think (and obviously, don’t use dandelions that have been treated with weed-killer. Duh!)

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