Show caption Taking the peas: Jöro's a'pea'ritif. Photograph: Rob Lawson/The Guardian. Drink styling: Tara Garnell.
The good mixer
Terrible name, great taste: white wine fortified with a dash of cognac and infused with the fresh taste of first of the season’s pea pods
Fri 15 Apr 2022 11.00 EDT
This is a great way of using up the first-of-the-season pea pods that are often destined for the food waste bin, hence the (admittedly rather tortured) name. It makes a great aperitif and is designed to be made in a big batch two days ahead of time, ready to be enjoyed with a group of friends.
10-15 empty pea pods 1 x 750ml bottle dry white wine – a sauvignon blanc or dry chenin blanc, say 160g caster sugar 40ml brandy or cognac 1 pinch sea salt – Maldon for preference 6 pea shoots or 6 sprigs fresh mint, to garnish
Wash the pea pods, then tear them in half (try not to bruise them) and put in a large, clean airtight jar or container (we use a Kilner jar). Add all the other ingredients, then seal; if there’s still a gap at the top of the jar, cover with clingfilm first, to prevent oxidisation.
Put in the fridge to infuse for 48 hours, shaking or stirring every so often, to help the sugar dissolve, then strain into a clean bottle or jar, and seal. It will now keep in the fridge for at least a week, because the brandy fortifies the wine and helps preserve the flavours.
To serve, pour 130ml of the mix into each wine glass, and garnish with a pea shoot or mint sprig.
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• Oliver Kaviani, restaurant manager, Jöro, Sheffield