Evening draws in on the last day before a summer starts, it’s a good time for a stiff drink. The only readymade mixers available are a really nasty, sweetener infused, Polish budget juicedrink-like drink and a month old cranberry juice drink. Thoughts turned to juicing, thoughts were tired so they turned to easy jucing. This, first, JN cocktail recipe is as simple as can be and as good as it gets for hard-chill in the evening sun.

I used 2 x medium sized, rough looking, lemons and 2 x tsp fine sugar and some London tap water and four good splashes of vodka from the freezer to make two stiff drinks.

The lemons were juiced with a classic plastic manual citrus press and added to glasses containing the vodka. Water was added to dilute the mixture 50:50. Two teaspoons of sugar per glass, stirred in, ice would have been nice.

Strawberries are summer, swollen by warm showers, deep red bulbs suspended close to the soil. The true strawberry season runs from June to August and although most supermarkets sell only one, commercially optimised, variety if you search a bit wider you’ll find a wide range of the beautifully aromatic, carnal berries. For a fine morning juice we combined a dozen delicious strawberries with four class II clementines. The soft warm sweetness of the berries blended with the cheap, imported, clementine’s tarty sweetness to create a subtly fresh and light juice with the colours of a summer sunset.

12 Strawberries
4 Clementines
Put through Matstone single-auger masticating juicer

The raw ingredients

Around 350ml of juice was produced