06 Apr Cocktail Birthday Celebration
I really felt privileged to have been part of this wonderful family’s celebration party. Their home in the Durbanville area is a beautiful oasis of trees, greens and lawns which made the perfect location for Delene’s cocktail birthday celebration. They wanted to create an informal and relaxed atmosphere where close friends and family could sip on delicious cocktails while tantalizing their taste buds on mouth-watering canapés. Because the garden has such a special rustic elegance I wanted to extend this feeling into the flower arrangements and decor. Wooden boxes made from recycled wood served as containers to which beautiful feminine roses, dahlias, gerberas and snapdragons were added. The arrangements were set-off against brown-paper runners to give the look a vintage handmade feel.
A quirky element was added through handwritten banners on the bar informing guests of the ingredients that their cocktail comprised of. The rustic vintage theme was further enforced by some “tongue in cheek” sayings/statements written on post office tags which where added to each cocktail glass. These also made for fun conversation starters at the start of the evening.
Specifically the Cosmo’s were very popular with the ladies (hence why no images) and there were quite a few requests for the recipe, so ladies here they are… I hope you will use it to spice up your summer evenings over the coming holidays. Enjoy!
Mojito (Who’s your Mojito?)
70ml White Rum
2tbls Brown Sugar
30ml Lime Juice *
Place mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add Rum, sugar, and lime juice, and muddle. Add soda water and lost of crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices.
Cosmopolitan (Cosmo Baby!)
60ml Cranberry Juice
30ml Rose’s Lime Juice
30ml Triple Sec
Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
*If Limes are not available make a 80/20 mix of Lemon Juice and Lime Cordial