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Bennelong's elderflower and cucumber smash

Reboot and refresh with this sweet and savoury non-alcoholic cocktail.

By Samantha Teague
Bennelong's elderflower and cucumber smash
"[This drink[ combines quintessentially cooling ingredients - mint, cucumber, soda water - with a nice hit of seasonality, too," says Bennelong bar manager Aaron Gaulke. "We smash all the ingredients together to express the oils and flavours, add some ice and then top it up with a touch of soda, or tonic, if you're feeling that way inclined."

The recipe

1 small cucumber, peeled in alternate strips so the cucumber looks "striped", cut into thick slices
5 mint leaves
15 ml elderflower cordial
Soda water
Ice and spring of mint, to garnish
  1. Muddle cucumber, mint leaves and elderflower cordial in a highball glass. Top with soda water and ice, garnish with a mint sprig, and serve.
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