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Cocktail Friday - Peter Rowland Catering's Ginger Grapefruit Fizz

Even though the warmer weather may be behind us (hello grey skies!), at Peter Rowland Catering our simple and super delicious Ginger Grapefruit Fizz cocktail will certainly add a bit of buzz and sparkle to romantic winter weddings, no shaker required!

Ingredients:

Ice
30ml vodka
Splash ginger liqueur (add more if need be)
60ml fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
60ml fresh-squeezed lime juice
60ml Schweppes ginger ale
Grapefruit wedge to garnish

Method:

Fill a glass with ice and pour in the vodka and ginger liqueur followed by the lime and grapefruit juice.
Top up the glass with ginger ale and give it stir.
Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

Image by Kas Richards

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Love the refreshing mix of grapefruit, ginger and vodka; a great winter ‘party-starter”!

About Peter Rowland Catering: As a shining light in hospitality for over 50 years, our team of world class chefs, food designers, stylists, event producers and hospitality managers deliver any style of wedding or event – anywhere, anytime. We simply relish bringing the art of food, drink and hospitality to life.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous gift for your bridesmaids that is quick and easy to create, look no further! This easy no-sew clutch only requires the bare minimum of materials and is super fun to make! A gorgeous gift that can be filled with some luxurious treats, this is a handmade present that will be treasured for a long time.

Sketch a template similar to this one for a small clutch, or let your imagination run wild! You could elongate the shape to make a case for sunglasses, or make the entire design much bigger, perfect as a holdall for your bridesmaids on your wedding day.

You can find almost every colour in leather and remember, if leather isn’t your thing, you can always swap the leather for a softer fabric like suede or even a heavy linen.

 You Will Need:

  • Piece of leather (I ordered mine from Etsy)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Pencil and paper to draw template on
  • Template – I used an A4 piece of paper and sketched a few different sizes for this design. My finished template measured from side to side 21cm, and from top to bottom 21cm. Have a play with different options (considering the size of your piece of leather), remembering the side flaps fold in and then the bottom flap folds up to create the clutch.

What To Do:
Step One. Begin by cutting one long strip of leather approximately 30cm long and 5mm wide (this is suitable for the size mentioned above, you will need to adjust this if making a larger bag).Once you have decided upon the size of your no-sew clutch, sketch it onto a piece of paper. Lay this template over the top of your leather, and cut out neatly with sharp scissors.

Step Two. Using the stanley knife, make a small incision on the bottom flap, 2-3cm from the base. Make sure it is wide enough for the leather strip to be fed through.

Step Three. Turn your piece of leather right side down, and slide one end of the strip of leather through the incision on the bottom flap. Once it’s through, tie a knot at both ends and trim neatly.

Step Four. Now it’s time for assembly! Keeping the leather piece right side down, fold the two side flaps in, and then fold the bottom flap up. Wrap the long piece of leather (the tie) around your clutch and tuck the knot in to hold.

Add a little extra something by embroidering initials on each bag, or by making them in different colours. Be sure to fill them with something lovely, and your lucky bridesmaids will be thrilled with their gift!

All images by Ms Honeycomb

Ms Chinoiserie Says: So easy! Such a gorgeous idea for bridesmaids’ gifts; I love the idea of embroidering initials or your wedding date on the front for an even more personalised present!

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

Cocktail Friday Basil Citrus Mule

I am a huge fan of herbs – as in, I always have fresh herbs growing in the garden which lets me throw them into absolutely everything I can! And this basil citrus mule is no exception – it is one of my favourite creations for our month of mules!

We’ve added blood orange liqueur and fresh orange juice to this mule – giving it a tangy citrus mix. It’s delicious for either Summer or Winter weddings with a balance of your favourite citrus flavours which add a refreshing vibe to the classic favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 2 fresh citrus wedges (orange or lime)
  • 30ml fresh orange juice
  • 10ml Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 30ml vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Basil leaves

Method:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together lime juice, fresh citrus wedges, orange juice, a basil leaf (or two according to taste), Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and vodka to combine the flavours.

Strain into a copper mug over plenty of ice and top with cold ginger beer.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.