For the love of Food :)

Purple Haze

This year my younger sister Elizabeth is getting married, now when I say this year I mean in 5 weeks! WOW there is still so much to do, I must make a mental note that there is only 5 weeks until her wedding! Now that I have finished freaking out, can you guess who is the lucky sister to be her matron of honour?? Yep, ME!! I was so honoured when she asked me to be by her side on the most important day of her life and I cannot wait for the day she gets to marry Robert, I just know its going to be a beautiful wedding and well the 2 of them are just so perfect for each other! But before any of that happens there was the all important Kitchen Tea to be had! Being the matron of honour (and her big sister) there was no question that I was going to host it for her at my house. We got to thinking of a theme (as you all know I love a good theme) and we quickly settled on High Tea! How could we not though; finger sandwiches, mini quiches, pastries, mini tarts, delicious desserts, champagne, and cocktails are the perfect recipe for a fun filled afternoon with loved ones. I wanted to create a special cocktail for Elizabeths kitchen tea and I took inspiration from the colour scheme for her wedding which is white with pops of purple (her all time favourite colour), and thus the Purple Haze was created.
As this was a kitchen tea and I was going to be busy either in my kitchen cooking or running the all important games I wanted to come up with a cocktail that I could make ahead of time and then have the guests serve themselves, kind of like an old school punch. I then remembered that I have these 3 litre water dispensers that I always put out for family BBQ’s and decided I would use those to house the cocktails. I served the cocktails in purple stemless martini glasses that I rimed with white chocolate and 100s & 1000s for a little extra sweetness and fun. This was such a great cocktail that it will be making several come backs at many a family gathering!

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Vodka
  • 250ml Ribena concentrate (Or any other blackcurrant cordial concentrate)
  • 100ml Lime juice
  • 500g Bag frozen blueberries
  • 2-3ltr Soda water (enough to fill the rest of the dispenser)
  • 100ml Simple Syrup (optional)
  • 250g white chocolate chips
  • 200g packet of 100s & 1000s (or sprinkles)

Method:

1) Pour 100s & 1000s (or sprinkles) into a bowl and set aside until needed. Fill a saucepan 1/3 up the sides with water and bring to a simmer over a low-medium heat. Pour white chocolate chips in a large glass bowl and place the bowl over the simmering water, creating a double boiler.
2) Once the chocolate is melted remove the bowl from the heat. Place the lip of your glass into the melted white chocolate so the chocolate coats the lip of the glass about 1/2cm down. Next dip the glass into the 100s & 1000s so they stick to the white chocolate, flip your glass over and put to one side so the chocolate and repeat with your remaining glasses.
3) Empty the frozen blueberries into your water dispenser, the frozen berries will help with keeping your cocktail cold for a little while.
4) Next add the rest of the ingredients, except the simple syrup, into the water dispenser and stir. Taste the cocktail and if you think its not sweet enough then add some or all of the sugar syrup. Serve immediately

Remember the secret to the perfect cocktail is to pour with love (and a little va va voom) xx

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