Surrey Street Treats: Honey mangorita

Posted on October 21st, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. 1 Comment

Combine Surrey Street Market’s exotic Ataúlfo mangoes with a couple of shots from the drinks cabinet to give your margarita a twist

The honey mango, or Ataúlfo mango, is smaller and much richer than the typical mango that we’re used to seeing on Surrey Street.

Right now these honey mangoes can be found on many stalls in the market at a great price. Originating in … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: cucumber and mint martini

Posted on September 29th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Surrey Street market’s fresh cucumber and mint make for a deliciously different martini, says Karen Cartwright

Humble cucumber is the quintessentially English ingredient. Available all year round for next to nothing in Surrey Street, Croydon’s historic open air fruit and vegetable market, it makes a delightfully refreshing cocktail when combined with mint.

The cocktail: Cucumber and mint martini

Ingredients from the market:

2 inches of fresh cucumber

7 fresh mint … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: The Pink Paloma

Posted on March 15th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Karen Cartwright gives a traditional Mexican cocktail a pink twist

The addition of pink grapefruit makes this the perfect tequila cocktail for those that prefer something sweeter than the traditional margarita. Pink grapefruits are in abundance in Surrey Street Market right now.

Pink Paloma

Ingredients from the market:

1 pink grapefruit

1 lime

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

50ml tequila reposado or blanco (I used Patron)

Grapefruit soda (such as Ting, available in many … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: Pomelo mocktail

Posted on January 22nd, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

For those who are trying to cut down on calories or to maintain a ‘dry January’, Karen Cartwright has a delicious alcohol-free cocktail

It’s wonderful to see such a huge range of fruit and vegetables available in Surrey Street Market throughout the year, particularly under-appreciated fruit such as the pomelo. This citrus fruit, native to south and south-east Asia, looks like a giant grapefruit but has a … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: Christmas clementine cocktails

Posted on December 23rd, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Karen Cartwright gives a Christmas cocktail a citrus twist

I love to use traditional ingredients in a new and refreshing way. It certainly doesn’t get much more Christmassy than the smell of fresh clementines in Croydon’s 750 year old street market! Right now these popular little fruits are just £1 per bowl throughout Surrey Street.

Clementine Sour

Ingredients from the market:

2 clementines (juiced)

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

50ml … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: simply persimmon cocktails

Posted on November 18th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

 

Karen Cartwright of Project B in Middle Street brings us cocktails of the unexpected

Right now there’s an abundance of these delicious and slightly quirky fruits available in Surrey Street for an incredible five for £1! Persimmon-based cocktails also make use of the citrus fruits found there all year round.

Persimmon Margarita

Ingredients from the market 

2 persimmons

50ml fresh lime juice

To garnish: a lime wheel

Ingredients from the kitchen 

25ml vanilla syrup

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Surrey Street treats: a passion for pomegranates

Posted on October 20th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Karen Cartwright mixes up the pick of Surrey Street market’s pomegranates

The cocktail: two ways with pomegranates

Right now there’s an abundance of these delicious and slightly quirky fruits available in Surrey Street for 50p each. Pomegranate-based cocktails also make use of the citrus fruits found there all year round, as well as showcasing the market’s plentiful herbs and spices.

Pama rosemary fizz. (For anyone who’s not come across … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: cocktails, fresh from the market!

Posted on September 25th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Now there are even more treats from Surrey Street market, says Karen Cartwright

The Surrey Street Treats recipe series brings Citizen readers fresh, foodie suggestions using ingredients from Croydon’s famous market, a medieval treasure that’s served our community since it gained its Royal Charter in 1276.

It turns out that the market’s fresh and delicious ingredients also make for fabulous cocktails. Karen Cartwright from … Read More »