Monday, July 2, 2012

'Tis Garden Party Season!

As all of America is in BBQ preparation mode for the 4th of July, we've got our eyes set on The UK, where the people are still in the throws of the Diamond Jubilee.  We have loved seeing all the footage; the Royals on Tour, the Big Lunch, that fabulous River Pageant. 

The Queen is doing her rounds, including a series of Garden Parties.  You may have missed the first ones at Buckingham Palace, but do not fret, there are two more; July 3rd at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and August 7th at Balmoral Castle.  Let us book our tickets!

We've got a serious soft spot in our hearts for British Gardens (we did a tour of them, didn't you know?), and we're even more a fan of them when there's sandwiches and punch being served! 

While you may not be able to make it to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in time for tomorrow's fête, you can make your own punch to serve in your own garden.  Then you can greet your guests as you peacefully meander around the lanes of your royal garden, the Royal Majesty of your own domain. 

Without further ado:

Beefeater Garden Party Punch

Mixing traditional British ingredients, including elderflower cordial and pressed pear and apple juice, with more recently feted produce, such as sparkling English wine, the punch is a completely British celebration.


3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
3 parts Sparkling English Wine
2 parts Good Quality Pressed Pear or Apple Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 part Elderflower Cordial
½ part Sugar Syrup

Glass: Highball glasses, punch to be served in a punch bowl or large jug
Garnish: Pear and apple slices
Method: Stir all ingredients with a large ice block and serve.

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