Monday, March 10, 2014

Mood Board for a Non-Existent Party...

...that I feel like throwing. You're all invited.

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Blackberry Thyme Sparkler via The Effortless Chic
(Makes 4 Cocktails)
1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish
1 c. Water
1 c. sugar
1 bottle of champagne
4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin
4 long sprigs of thyme
1 c. ice
 gold baking sugar for the rim

"In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a
boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries
are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/reddish
color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool. 
This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at
least a week in the refrigerator. Prepare your champagne glasses.
Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful
salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter. It adheres perfectly 
and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between
your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping
the glass into the gold baking sugar. Next, begin by adding 1 ounce
of gin to each champagne glass. Next drop two blackberries in each
glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup.
Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with 
a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!"

Image and recipe from The Effortless Chic

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