Tag Archives: Drinks

all hail the jam jar

17 Aug

Cheap chic. Don’t believe me? It really is easily achievable. Get collecting now, the weirder the better. Ask friends, family, neighbours…anyone…to save up their empty jars so you can turn them into a personalised decoration for your special day.

You may have seen in my earlier post how you can use jam jars for cocktails, but here is how they can be used for anything from place names, to wedding favours…

Place setting

Candle holder

Wedding Favours (fill it with gorgeous homemade jam or chutney, and stick on a label with your names and the date of your wedding)

Place names

Serve items from it, e.g. tea bags, sweets etc.

Confetti holder – being such a new and innovative idea (!) I couldn’t find any images of this, but here is an idea of how you can paint the jam jars to match your colour theme, and then fill them with confetti – be it edible rice paper or dried rose petals

Sparkler holder

Vase

Dessert in a jar

Drinking glasses

Who would have thought the humble jam jar would have so many uses?!

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tipples

16 Aug

Creativity is key when it comes to the tipple(s) of choice at a wedding.

For something a little out of the ordinary why not serve cocktails in a more obscure way. Perhaps you could even create a cocktail yourself.

A cheap chic ways to serve your cocktails is in jam jars. OK, sounds a bit weird. But it oddly works if you use your creativity. Why not print out some stickers with your names and date on to make it a little more personal.

If you are trying to work within a tight budget, a wedding at this time of year can work around some seasonal, British fruit. The cheapest of which are free – blackberries. You can find these in abundance all over the country, and if you find some grab some punnets and get picking. You can easily gather over a kilo in less than an hour if you find a good supply.

The classic cocktail utilising blackberries is a bramble. To make it ultra personal, try making a blackberry liqueur yourself at home!:

Here is a recipe courtesy of homebrewunderground.com

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (Important: If frozen berries are used, measure them while still frozen, because in a thawed state, they will shrink to about half the volume)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 80-proof vodka
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sugar syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Step One Directions:

  1. Put berries and sugar in 2 Qt. Mason jar, then crush berries with a wooden spoon, then let the mixture stand to allow juice to develop.
  2. After one hour add the vodka and brandy, then shake the mixture thoroughly until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the sugar syrup, then add the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Macerate at room temperature for 2 weeks.

Step Two Ingredients:

  • 100-proof vodka

Step Two Directions:

  1. Strain and filter.
  2. Blend with 100 proof vodka to taste – About 8 parts strained and filtered liqueur to 1 part 100 proof vodka