Elderflower Cordial (photography on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)

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My husband made the huge mistake of surprising me with a delicious drink a couple weeks ago.  It was so good, I have him making it for me on a daily basis.  I think he could be getting sick and tired of it, but he did it to himself.  NO sympathy. Here is the recipe for........

THE ELDER MENTE STATESMAN

Lime Soda Water - 4 parts

Elderflower Cordial - 1 part

Fresh Mint - as much or as little as you like

Slice of Lime

Shake, and pour over ice.  Crushed if you got it.

Now, brace yourself for the most sensational thing to hit your taste buds in awhile!

Introducing............The Elder Mente Statesman and it's creator, my main man, Trevor.

I understand Elderflowers grow in Illinois and it's relatively easy to make you're own elderflower cordial.  I WILL be trying that after moving home.  And I may just make my husband help.  He'll be thrilled.  Love you Pips!  (That's one (out of MANY) of my husbands "pet" names.  Don't ask)

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.