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Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Cocktails’

Anti-Brides, today we launch Fleur Bailey, our girl on the go, who’s drinking, eating, and running all over town, (and the Net), to vet the best stuff out there. For you see, Fleur knows how to squeeze a dime, in the best sense of the word: “luxe for less” is her mantra. She always looks like she stepped off the pages of Elle, so we think she’s onto something….we’re certainly paying attention. Some of the things she’ll be writing about in the upcoming weeks, I had never heard about, but must have immediately! Have we mentioned that among her myriad other talents, she makes drinks of such sublime delicacy and flavor, that they warrant a christening and a proper name? Today, she’s writing today about a cocktail she invented that I was lucky enough to try: La Fleur d’Amour. You will want more, of that, I am sure….Look for her weekly posts, aptly titled “Fleur Adores” and follow her escapades into the land of the bon vivant!

J'adore La Fleur D'Amour!

If you want to serve something unique and fabulous to your guests at your bridal shower or wedding reception, try this luxurious cocktail combining a delicious mix of pear and ginger.

Named ‘La Fleur D’Amour’ – meaning the flower of love, really is a labor of love, for instead of using sugary ginger syrup, the cocktail calls for fresh pressed ginger – a somewhat lengthy but worthwhile ingredient.

Guests will be thirsty for another in minutes as this tipple glides down like lemonade, but is exceptionally more satisfying.

Adding a splash of sparkling wine at the finish gives it that extra finesse, perfect for a brunch bridal shower, and will also save you a bob or two as it means the mix will go that bit farther.  You can use any sparkling wine; cheap and cheerful is your formula.

Ingredients

2 oz Grey Goose La Poire

1 oz Triple Sec

Juice of half a lemon

Two thumb-nail sized pieces of fresh ginger, pressed. (A garlic press works really well.)

Splash of simple syrup.

Shake ingredients well with ice in a shaker, strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of sparkling wine. Serve with a twist or slice of lemon.

Et violà! Luscious, magnificent and definitely memorable.

 
Cool down with Kilo Kai

Cool down with Kilo Kai

Wedding libations conjure up visions of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and predictable bar offerings. With the advent of Mad Men, the new mixologist craze, and retro, signature cocktails being offered at weddings (Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons served up hand mixed whiskey sours at his), it was only a matter of  time before rum saw it’s day in the sun. Enter  Kilo Kai Spiced Rum, which gives a little kick to your typical tropical cocktail and nudges an entire class of of rank and file rums to the side. Light years ahead of the Captain Morgans-esque spiced rums, Kilo Kai is a premium, spiced sipping rum with notes of vanilla and anise, and is as good straight as it is mixed.

Everyone knows that weddings are unofficially graded by your guests on a sliding scale of points, rooted in innovation, food quality and of course, what is served at the bar (kind of like ice skating at the Olympics). Your guests need to be feted, cosseted and walk away feeling that they celebrated something special that day. And nothing says ‘special day’ like a signature cocktail.

When you contemplate your signature cocktail on W-day or pre-events, consider the road less traveled when it comes to rum. A stand out cocktail that delights the palate and leaves behind a memory – like an early evening breeze on a secret island.

Kilo Kai is a honeymoon in a glass.

Recipes

Kilo Crush

Ingredients
1 ½ parts Kilo Kai

10 fresh mint leaves

¾ part simple syrup

½ part fresh pineapple juice

½ part fresh lime juice

Directions
Shake Kilo Kai, mint leaves, simple syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a pineapple spear and a mint leaf.

Kilo Kai Punch

Ingredients

2 ½ parts Kilo Kai

1 part lemon juice

½ part grenadine syrup

Club Soda

Directions
Mix Kilo Kai, lemon juice and grenadine in shaker with ice. Pour into glass and top with club soda. Garnish with orange and lemon slices.

Tasting Notes

Kilo Kai is spiced rum blended with the unique flavors and scents of the Caribbean.  The complexity arises in the flavors of anise, vanilla, banana, cherry, nutmeg and orange peels that linger harmoniously on the palate.  Kilo Kai is crafted with 1 year old and 3 year old rums for a smooth blend that delicately balances the integrity of both the rum and the spices.  Kilo Kai is the perfect rum for aficionados and novices alike because its complexity and unique blend of flavors allows it to be mixed in a favorite cocktail or enjoyed straight.  Kilo Kai is a premium spiced rum designed with the insight of bartenders and aficionados and crafted by a third generation Master Blender.

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