Cool Drinks for Warm Weather Weddings!

by Jenny Bryde 9. May 2015 15:17

Signature drinks are the trend du jour, and why not?  How much fun is it for your guests to enjoy a special little something with a twist.  Something they can only have at your wedding and not at every tavern.  With warm weather coming up, a cool drink is just the thing.  Today I'm featuring a few recipes that I found on that sound amazing!  Spice them up with a little liquor for an adult version, or keep it straight for a general crowd pleaser.

First up: Homemade Lemonade! 

  1. Peel the rinds from the 5 lemons and cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Set the lemons aside.
  2. Place the rinds in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let this stand for about one hour, so that the sugar begins to soak up the oils from the lemons.
  3. Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow this mixture to cool for 20 minutes and then remove the rinds.
  4. Squeeze the lemons into another bowl. Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into pitcher and pop it in the fridge! Serve with ice cubes.


Next: Watermelon Margaritas!  

  1. Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.
  3. Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.
  4. Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.
  5. Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Last but not lease: Mojitos! 

  1. Put 3 mint leaves and 2 teaspoons sugar into each of 2 glass tumblers; vigorously stir sugar and mint together, crushing mint with the back of a spoon to release oils. Add 3 lime wedges to each glass; again stir vigorously to release some lime juice. Pour 1 jigger rum into each glass. Fill glasses with ice cubes and top with carbonated water; stir.

Anyone thirsty yet?


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Summer Flowers Making an Early Appearance!

by Jenny Bryde 18. May 2013 07:42
It seems like in this part of the world, we do not get much time to cuddle with Spring before warm weather takes over as Summer arrives in town.  I'd like to have a moment of silence for s
pring flowers. 
Thank you.
Now, I'm over it because summer flowers are starting to pop up on the radar.  Humidity and buzzing bees keep these flowers happy, and if a bride snags them for her summer wedding bouquet, then she is a true summer bride.  Here are a few of my favorite summer bouquets and centerpieces that I've found lately.  The words that come to mind when I see them are happy, welcoming, and warm.  I hope you enjoy them, and if you are planning a summer wedding, take note as your florist can make these arrangements come to life!
Remember to chat with your florist when picking out seasonal flowers.  They are your go to expert for what we can and can't get our hands on depending on the time of year you get married! 

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