We begin to create our Apple Mint Cordial by striking up the camping stove in a nearby lay-by where we boiled equal parts of water and sugar (1 litre and 1kg) until the sugar was dissolved. An easy recipe to scale up or down, you could use less sugar if desired or you could try using honey. Then we simply shredded the mint leaves and added to the syrup. Shredding, tearing and slicing the leaves increase the surface area and thus the release of flavours.
Sitting patiently in the lay-by, waiting for our concoction to come back to the boil, we discovered and threw in a couple of white and red clovers from the verge and even a little St John’s Wort – to keep the mind content.