Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Elderflower & Green Tea Cooler


​A calm­ing re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food. Par­ticular­ly good to give to teenag­ers fac­ing exams.

The green tea makes this co­ol­er both calm­ing and re­fresh­ing. Be sure to make the ging­er pieces thick en­ough to fish out from your jug, and use only a tab­lespoon of el­derflow­er cor­di­al for every litre of water: it is high in sugar.


Makes 1 litre:

  • 2 green teabags
  • 6cm root ginger, sliced
  • 1 litre boiling water (leave it to sit for 60 seconds before adding the tea)
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced, or use a peeler to make ribbons
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial
  • Ice cubes

1. Brew the teabags and ging­er in the water for 5minutes in a large teapot or glass measur­ing jug.

2. Re­move the teabags and ging­er and leave it to co­ol­for an hour be­fore putt­ing it in the frid­ge.

3. When you are ready for a drink, add the cucum­ber,lime, el­derflow­er cor­di­al and ice be­fore serv­ing.


Togeth­er, over 5 years, Alice Mac­kintosh and I de­veloped re­cipes that put around 150 nut­rition­al stud­ies into prac­tice. They’ve hel­ped me to be­come more en­er­gised, less an­xi­ous, clear­er think­ing, more balan­ced and a bet­t­er sleep­er. Our con­ver­sa­tions and ex­peri­ments led to our book the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food . In it, I share in de­tail what I have learnt about eat­ing for hap­pi­ness. By har­ness­ing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancho­ly days, I have been able to stabil­ise my feel­ings. Nut­ri­tion has be­come an im­por­tant ele­ment in my holis­tic approach to stay­ing well.