DRINK PINK

These cre­ations are the ul­ti­mate hen party treat (but when your poi­son looks this pretty, who needs an ex­cuse to in­dulge?)

New Zealand Weddings - - COMPETITION -

The road to the big day is paved with cel­e­bra­tory tip­ples. En­gage­ment party? Cheers! Bri­dal shower? A toast! You’d be for­given for think­ing that by the time you reach your of­fi­cial glass- clink you could be run­ning the risk of cham­pagne fa­tigue. Pre- empt the pos­si­bil­ity by hand­ing these recipes to your bridesmaids to give a strong hen party hint.

STRAW­BERRY-IN­FUSED GIN & TONIC

MAKES: 1 drink 5 straw­ber­ries, hulled 40ml (1 fl oz) gin Ice 150ml (5 fl oz) tonic wa­ter 1. Halve 3 of the straw­ber­ries and let them steep in the gin for a cou­ple of hours. 2. Re­move and dis­card the straw­ber­ries. Ei­ther trans­fer the in­fused gin to an air­tight bot­tle to drink later, or pour into a glass. Add some ice and the tonic wa­ter, then halve the re­main­ing straw­ber­ries and add them to the glass for a pretty gar­nish.

PINK SPARKLE

Fill three- quar­ters of a cham­pagne flute or small glass with pink lemon­ade (any stan­dard recipe will do). Top up with your favourite cham­pagne or non- al­co­holic sparkling drink, then gar­nish each glass with 4 fresh rasp­ber­ries. If plan­ning a party, this is a re­ally easy cock­tail to pre­pare ahead of time. Just add the cham­pagne and rasp­ber­ries as your guests ar­rive. ( Makes one 125ml/4 fl oz drink)

PINK TEQUILA

MAKES: 4– 6 drinks 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) sparkling pink ap­ple or pink grape­fruit juice 50ml (1½ fl oz) tequila per glass Ice Lime slices, to gar­nish 1. Fill each glass with a good amount of sparkling juice. 2. Add tequila to each glass. 3. Fill each glass with a small hand­ful of ice, then gar­nish with a slice of lime.

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