Warm summer days and balmy nights are made for entertaining outdoors. Host an al fresco celebration in a flower-filled garden.
Warm days and nights are made for entertaining outdoors. Whether it’s a birthday party, Mother’s Day brunch, or an English high tea, it’s a great excuse to bring out the pretty china and fancy decorations. Make floral napkin rings (wire small posies to clear shower rings), offer floral ice cubes for cool drinks (simply freeze water with edible flower petals), and include several bud vases with freshly picked flowers. For a personal touch, include a tiny bouquet for each attendee marked with his or her name. Use floral doilies as simple placemats (or dye white doilies pretty pastel colours with food colouring) and hang paper flowers from nearby trees. Lavish fertiliser and water on your garden to ensure blooms are in flower for your party.
MINTY LIME LEMONADE
Lime is surely the most cooling of all citrus juices. Even without the addition of alcohol it's the thirst quencher of choice in tropical climes from Southeast Asia to Central and South America. The standard spiked homage to the lime is the margarita – lime juice, tequila, triple sec (orange-flavoured liqueur), and a bit of sugar. Alcohol and syrup ratios are flexible, but the taste of lime juice should dominate.
As limes bear their fruit in winter, many a margarita is made from cordial premix. Instead, make lime juice ice cubes in winter when the fruit are plentiful and transfer to sealed bags once frozen. Add grated zest to the juice as well.
For an alcohol-free refreshment, make minty lime lemonade. Combine the juice and zest of 4 lemons, 2 cups of sugar and 1 teaspoon of citric acid to a jug of just-boiled water. Stir and let stand (increase quantities as required). When cool, add lime ice cubes, lime slices, mint and edible flowers.
Quench your thirst with fruit juices, homemade spritzers and cocktails embellished with edible flowers.