Cocktail of the week: Maria Bradford’s Leone star – recipe | Cocktails

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This fruity, refreshing drink is named after Sierra Leone’s national football team. You’ll need a juicer to make it.

Leone star

Serves 1

For the honey syrup
85g honey

For the pineapple and star fruit juice
½ pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 star fruit, chopped

For the drink
30ml pineapple and star fruit juice (see above and method)
30ml gin
15ml fresh lime juice
20-30ml honey syrup
, to taste (see above and method)
Chilled prosecco, to top
1 slice fresh star fruit, to garnish

First make the syrup. Put the honey and 60ml cold water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for five minutes, to dissolve the honey. Leave to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge, where it will keep for up to a month.

Put the pineapple and star fruit in a juicer, and juice according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour into a large jug and put in the fridge until needed; you’ll need to use it up within two days (it makes a lovely change from breakfast orange juice, too).

To build the drink, pour the fruit juice into an ice-filled shaker, add the gin, lime juice and honey syrup, then shake hard. Strain into a coupe, top with prosecco, garnish with the star fruit and serve.

  • This is an edited extract from Sweet Salone: Recipes from the Heart of Sierra Leone, by Maria Bradford, published by Quadrille at £30. To order a copy for £26.40 go to


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