A Cocktail and Canapé for Long Weekend Gatherings, With The Simple Things

When the first working day of the week turns into the third day of the weekend, that’s all the cue you need for an impromptu gathering. Turn May’s bank holiday into a reason to invite friends over, to linger over cocktails and moreish nibbles.

Photography & Recipe Credit: The Simple Things

Blueberry and Thyme Gin & Tonic


For each glass…

6 fresh blueberries

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tbsp simple syrup (see below)

1 shot of gin

Ice cubes

Tonic water



1 To make a simple syrup, mix equal quantities of water and caster sugar (say, 250ml and 250g respectively) in a saucepan over a low heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow to simmer or boil. Decant to a clean bottle or jar and store in the fridge until needed for up to two weeks.

Crush the blueberries and one sprig of thyme at the bottom of a tall glass. Add a shot of gin, a tbsp of syrup and fill half of the glass with ice cubes. Top up with tonic water and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini


(Serves 6)

1 sourdough baguette

1 pear

100g blue cheese

A few rocket leaves




Preheat oven to 180C/Fan 160C/350F. Cut the baguette into slices. Peel, core and cut the pear into quarters, then cut into very thin slices.

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking tray, top each with a slice of pear and a few pieces of blue cheese. Bake in the oven for 10 mins.

To serve, decorate with a few rocket leaves and a drizzle of honey.


This recipe was brought to you in partnership with The Simple Things magazine, a monthly invitation to slow down, enjoy what you have and make the most of where you live.

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