Autumn/Fall Signature Drink Recipes – Caramel Appletini and Pumpkin Pie Martini – YUM!

The leaves are falling and a chill is in the air. Autumn weddings are in full swing as Halloween is now over and Thanksgiving quickly approaches. Warm fall weddings often feature warm red and gold colors, pretty bits of nature at its best like leaves and pumpkins… What else do you need? Well how about adding an autumn themed signature drink to your big event? Martinis are always a big hit for weddings and parties, so a “Caramel Appletini” or a “Pumpkin Pie Martini” would be fantastic for your event!

Caramel Appletini Wedding Signature Drink Recipe
Photo courtesy of Claire Sutton on flickr.com

Caramel Appletini

Caramel apples are so delicious.. How could you go wrong making it into an adult beverage instead??

For one drink you will need –

  • 1 oz. of Baileys® Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel Flavor
  • 0.5 oz. Smirnoff® Green Apple Flavored Vodka
  • 1 tsp. Caramel
  • 1 Apple Slice (a pretty finishing touch!)
  1. Shake Baileys, vodka and caramel in an ice-filled shaker until chilled.
  2. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with the apple slice. (Rimming the glass with some caramel may be an idea for an extra treat!)

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini Signature Drink Recipe - Perfect for Weddings and Parties
Photo and recipe courtesy of Day Dream Desserts

Pumpkin Pie Martini –
Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie. With this delicious fall themed martini your guests can enjoy the taste of autumn and still mingle!

For one drink you will need –

  • 1.5 oz. pecan liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 0.5 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 graham cracker, ground (optional for garnish)
  1. If desired rim your martini glass with ground graham cracker.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  3. Shake until chilled and pour into your chilled martini glass.

These autumn signature drinks would add fall flavor to any autumn themed wedding or party. Your guests will love how you turned two fall favorites into yummy drinks instead!

Guest Post: Signature Drinks and Tying the Knot

Wedding trends can be fabulous or frightful.  Remember the year of the black wedding dress or the season of the pastel tuxedo?  Yes, I try to forget them too, but my wedding photos keep reminding me that unfortunate trends can make looking back on your day a bit embarrassing. 2013, though, is the year of a trend we can all appreciate, the signature cocktail.

Why oh why didn’t someone come up with this idea a decade or so ago?  Instead of stocking a full bar, which is incredibly expensive and annoying (especially when Aunt Shirley makes the bartenders mix her special “All You Can Drink” beverage that comes with a cherry-on-top, a separate pitcher of tequila with lime, and a whiskey chaser), the bride and groom can concoct a bright and fresh cocktail of their own.  This drink can reflect the wedding’s theme and color and, best of all, will cost less than a full bar.  I know “buying in bulk” is one of my favorite phrases, and whoever is paying for the wedding will be delighted with this new fad as well.

Choosing the signature drink can be done at a pre-wedding party.  The bride and groom can gather their friends and family, add vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, etc., throw in some sweet liqueurs and juices, and voila’, the special cocktail is born.  The best part is drinking all the mistakes and false starts.  Designated drivers are a must for this gathering, but just observing the festivities will be reward enough for attending.  At the end of this grueling exercise, something truly noteworthy will be created.

Here is a signature drink recipe that you can try at home.  Developed by the event experts at the Turning Stone Resort, the Bermuda Rose Martini is a drink inspired by warm weather months of spring and summer.  Known for their gorgeous landscape and bountiful amenities, the Turning Stone Resort is a popular Central New York wedding venue.  Experiment with different recipes to find the best match for your wedding.

Bermuda Rose Cocktail Signature Drink for Weddings, Showers & Parties

 

Bermuda Rose Martini

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 2 oz. Orange Huice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

 

This recipe can easily turned into a “mocktail”.  Mocktails are delicious, and even kids can enjoy them.  Also, the use of mock-tails at the reception lowers the chances of drunken brawls.  Aunt Shirley might not appreciate the absence of alcohol, but she will survive.

Bermuda Mocktail Signature Drink Non-Alcoholic Perfect for Weddings, Showers & Parties
Photo credit – Babble

Bermuda Mocktail

  • Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

The reception will benefit from the happy couple’s unique beverage.  The guests will be impressed by the novelty and delicious taste, and the money saved can be used for something special, like gifts the bridal pair registered for and didn’t get. Everyone wins, and this is one trend that won’t be embarrassing to remember ten or twenty years down the line.

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Sea Glass Candy – Perfect for Summer & Beach/Waterfront Weddings

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat
credit – Sarah Parrott on flickr

When one thinks of summer one of the first things most people think of is… the beach! What’s one thing that one finds at the beach? Sea glass! That’s why I thought this diy candy recipe would make a perfect wedding or party favor for those having a summer, beach or waterfront wedding or event. Like a lot of the ideas on my blog the recipe is fully customizable to give you the ability to tweak it to fit your special day. There are so many flavors and colors to choose from and also a variety of pretty packaging options!

First things first, lets start with the recipe so you can make your own sea glass candy right at home!

DIY Homemade Sea Glass Candy

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon flavoring oil, depending on strength of flavor – You will want to make a test batch to get the color and flavor intensity just right! *See notes below for links to some sites with a HUGE selection of delicious flavor oil options. You can also try baking, craft or your local grocery stores!
  • Liquid or gel paste food color (Gel Paste Colors tend to be more intense!) Available in most craft and baking supply stores or online. *See notes below for links to sites offering a wide selection of colors.
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.
  2. Stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat just until sugar dissolves.
  3. Without stirring, boil until candy thermometer registers 300-310 degrees which usually takes about 30 minutes. You can test by dropping small amount into ice water; syrup should separate into threads that are hard and brittle when ready!
  4. Immediately remove from heat and wait a minute or two for boiling to stop.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir in flavoring oil and food color until well blended. Immediately pour onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  7. Lightly dust slab of candy on both sides with confectioners’ sugar, brushing off excess sugar.
  8. Break into small pieces.

Store airtight. Makes 1 pound, 6 ounces(4 cups)

 
That’s it! Make one color/flavor or a few batches of different coordinating colors to make pretty mixes! Pack them in little tins, bakery bags or bakery boxes with some pretty ribbon or twine and maybe even add a cute label or sticker with your names and wedding date, your wedding monogram, etc. The possibilities (as always!) are endless. Let your creativity explode! (Need twine or custom designed labels or stickers to personalize your yummy sea glass treats? Check out my shop website and I can help you out!)

It’s so simple and delicious. The hardest part will be not eating it all up before the wedding!

*Note – Helpful web links!

  • Wilton – Large Selection of Food Coloring
  • LorAnn Oils – Huge Selection of concentrated super strength flavors plus they have food coloring too!
  • Layer Cake Shop – Another great selection of yummy flavoring oils and food colors too!
  • Weddings*n*Whimsy – My stationery, paper products site – Custom designed paper products for weddings and events such as tags, labels, place cards, table numbers and more! Plus much sought after luxe baker’s twine in a huge assortment of colors.

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat with tin
credit- Sarah Parrott on flickr.com

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Homemade Lemonade Favors in Pretty Italian Bottles – Perfect for Summer Weddings!

homemade fresh squeezed bottled lemonade with recipe for summer wedding favors

Summer is here and who doesn’t enjoy a fresh, cold glass of homemade lemonade? These custom homemade lemonade wedding favors are presented in pretty italian glass swing top bottles that you can customize with a label, tag or pretty ribbon! I got this great idea browsing pinterest and I stumbled on photos of lemonade favors done by Jordan of Ohhappyday.com (see photo above!). I did more research into a recipe and supplies and will break it all down for you below so you can send your wedding or shower guests home with their own refreshing bottle of lemonade. It’s extremely affordable and your guests will love how pretty they are (and how yummy they are too!).

You will need…

  • Your favorite homemade lemonade recipe (If you don’t have one see below for a yummy recipe that I use!)
  • Italian Bottles (She used some from Ikea (SLOM bottle with stopper) but I know some of us (including me) aren’t fortunate enough to live near one so I found a fantastic place online that you can order from that offers them in 3 different sizes! That way you can decide if you want a single serving bottle (250 mL), 2 serving bottle (500 mL)or more of a family size favor size (1000 mL). The more you buy the more you save! – Check out ebottles.com!)
  • A funnel
  • Custom Labels, Tags or Ribbon (Make your own or I would be more than happy to create custom labels/tags for you if needed! – weddingsnwhimsy.com)

Make your lemonade, fill up your pretty bottles using the funnel and then customize them with a label or tag, or some pretty ribbon!

Here is a recipe for homemade lemonade I have used and it comes out delicious!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Makes 2 quarts which should be enough for 8 of the 250 mL bottles, 4 of the 500 mL bottles or 2 of the large 1000 mL bottles. Multiple recipe as needed!

  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Usually about about 4 lemons!)
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

Just mix the ingredients above and you will be all set to fill your bottles! Want strawberry lemonade instead? Try mixing in 2 pints of pureed strawberries to the recipe above. You could also try adding a tablespoon of grenadine!

Yum! I think I am going to have to break out the recipe and enjoy some this weekend. It’s delicious and I love it during the summer – and I think you and your guests will too!

 

DIY Recipe: Easy (Yummy!) Marshmallow Fondant (MM Fondant)

marshmallow fondant wedding cake flickr that's debs cakes

flickr: that’sdebscakes

My mom got married last year and around this time I was painstakingly trying to create a cake for her shower using fondant. I LOVE baking..but in the past I never had any luck making my own fondant for my cakes. The fondant would be either too dry and flake all over when trying to roll out..or it would be too moist and just break apart in gooey pieces! Then I cam across a recipe for marshmallow fondant…and fell in love! 😀 Needless to say, with a little practice my mom’s shower cake turned out beautifully..despite being a newbie fondant user!

If you (or a friend or relative!) are making your own wedding cake and want the clean, smooth look of fondant..this is the recipe for you! Marshmallow fondant (sometimes referred to as MM fondant) is extremely easy and affordable to make..rolls out nicely…and tastes really yummy too! After all..its main ingredient is little marshmallows!

Here are the instructions for whipping up a batch of your own…(And a youtube video I found as well!)

You will need…

  • 16 oz. bag mini marshmallows (the better quality you buy the better it will turn out!)
  • 2-5 tablespoons of water (Usually I use about 2-3!)
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • Optional: Food coloring (I find the gel colors work best for me!)

Let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Put marshmallows and 2 tbsp water in a microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat heating at 30 second intervals with stirring until the marshmallows have completely melted. (It will look like a liquidy fluff!)
  2. With a rubber spatula slowly begin to stir in the powdered sugar, adding the sugar in small batches and stirring until the fondant gets thick enough to be removed from the bowl.
  3. Once the fondant is thick enough, cover your hands and work area with a thin layer of shortening to prevent sticking and knead in the remaining  sugar like you would knead bread. (It will be messy at first! This is why you grease your hands and remove all jewelry before starting this process. It will still stick to your hands a bit at first and almost look like silly putty until you finish adding the sugar. It will become more like bread dough as you knead!) If you are coloring your fondant you can add some of the coloring to the fondant during the kneading process. Knead until the color is uniform. It usually takes me about 8-10 minutes to knead to the point the fondant is no longer sticky and is more elastic in nature. If you have any doubts keep kneading..it will turn into a firm elastic ball if you keep at it!
  4. Once the ball has formed coat with a thin layer of shortening to prevent cracking.
  5. It is recommended you cover in plastic wrap and put in an air tight container to store overnight and then when ready to use remove the fondant from the wrapping and microwave 10 seconds so it is once again flexible. (If you are in a rush you can probably skip this step! The few times I made this fondant I made it right before draping my cake with it and it still worked out just fine. Remember – practice makes perfect! So try making the fondant and draping it on a cake a few times to get a feel for it before draping your wedding cake!)

Tips & Tricks:

  • It is best if the marshmallow and water mixture is slightly watery before adding your sugar for the best consistency. This allows for enough flexibility when you are rolling out and working with it! Be careful not to make it too moist though – you don’t want it so gooey it droops off the cake!
  • After kneading if the fondant still seems too sticky you can add a little powdered sugar. If it is cracking it is dry and you can either add a little more water or try greasing the ball a little more.
  • When not using the fondant cover it with plastic wrap or drape a damp towel over the bowl so it does not dry out.
  • If not using the fondant immediately you can refrigerate it for weeks. Just make sure you coat it with a thin layer of shortening and store it in an airtight container.
  • Make sure you put a thin layer(1/4″) of butter cream icing on your cake before draping it with the fondant. This will act as a sort of glue to hold the fondant in place and give the fondant the smooth look you are after!

That’s it! Now it is ready to be rolled out and draped onto your yummy cake! 🙂 Here’s a video from youtube showing the steps visually:

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As always please send in your photos if you use this recipe…We would love to see!

5 tier marshmallow fondant draped wedding cake

flickr: annasophiaconfections2009

beautiful 3 tier butterfly marshmallow wedding cake

flickr: jchow11