Posts Tagged Whiskey

Champagne for arrival drinks? or something a bit different?

This time of the year we meet our couples and their family’s who are putting together the final details for their special day next summer They come for a tasting at our kitchens to finalise their menus and it gives us a chance to go through timings and specifics of the day. One of the things we always discuss is alcohol arrangements! Traditionally guests have always been met with a glass of champagne on arrival, but is that what they really want on a hot summers day after being in church and chased around by the photographer? In my experience everyone is gasping for a longer drink and hungry for food, so I would always suggest something more thirst quenching, rather than a small flute of champagne, and of course some of our delicious canapés!
This year we have mixed many a cocktail and the feedback is always welcoming, so if you are having that relaxed, outdoors, tipis or marquee wedding, go with something like the following, it just suits the day so well! A long cocktail, filled with fruit and ice, served from big glass decanters makes a unique change from the traditional!

Here are my top 6 arrival drinks for that chilled out reception;

1. Pimms, of course, a lovely summer refreshing drink, made with lots of ice and strawberries, cucumber & mint and lashings of ice cold lemonade.
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2. Mojito, another classic, mint sprigs with sugar, lemon and lime juices poured over ice, add rum and club soda to finish, very refreshing!
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3. Alcoholic pink lemonade, this not only looks but tastes great! Vodka based mixed with Pink Lemonade and ice, topped with mint and a strawberry!
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4. Alcoholic ginger beer. Rather than brewing your own, mix vodka or gin with shop bought ginger beer and top with lime wedges, mint and ice. You can also make this with whiskey.
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5 & 6. These have to be the two created by Dan & Katie for their wedding in Henham. Both cocktails were created by the bride & groom to show their individual style. So Dan’s ‘The Big Apple’ was made from Apple & cinnamon infused whiskey, pressed apple juice & ginger beer. And Katie’ ‘Henham Hedgerow’, vodka with fresh blackberries, elderflower, mint & soda.
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You can buy these drinks dispensers from many outlets including http://www.drinkstuff.com

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Parmiters Annual Governors Dinner

Friday saw the team back at Parmiters school for the 3rd year running serving them a delicious 4 course meal for their Annual Govenors Dinner for 170.
They started with Leek and Potato Soup finished with Crispy Leeks and Gruyere Toasty; Main Course was Roasted Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Champ Potato, Warm Salad of Roasted Butternut, Peas, Chorizo and Green Beans, Madeira Jus; followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Caramel Sauce, Clotted Cream for dessert. Cheeseboards and Biscuits with Port & Brandy, Tea & Coffee served with Petit Fours completed the delicious meal.
Cooked to perfection by Dan, John and MJ in the school kitchen and all served pipping hot by our professional front of house team! The walk from kitchen to tables was quite far and included 3 rather slippery steps! well done everyone!
We received this from Jackie who organised the event this morning, so good to get lovely feedback like this!

Dear Dan

I have had so many people saying how much they enjoyed the evening and all of them added and the food was the best ever, so tasty and served hot. So an enormous thank you to you and your team and to Laura for her work front of house. Everyone of your team was courteous and helpful. These events are always something I look forward to but also have a responsibility for so enjoying myself comes a bit lower down my list, however I had a great time too.

Once again a big thank you and, we will be in touch again when we have our next dinner. In the meantime please have a busy and prosperous Christmas but also time over the festive season to enjoy family and friends.

All the very best as ever

Jackie

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Rump of Lamb, Shepherds Pie, Vegetable Dauphinoise!

So Saturday saw the KF team in Henham Village Hall, for Dan & Katie’s village fete style wedding! Beautifully dressed village hall with bunting, homemade cakes and homemade cocktails! Mixed to perfection by Jodie!
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Drinks dispensers by http://www.drinkstuff.com
Both cocktails were created by the bride & groom to show their individual style. So Dan’s ‘The Big Apple’ was made from Apple & cinnamon infused whiskey, pressed apple juice & ginger beer. And Katie’ ‘Henham Hedgerow’, vodka with fresh blackberries, elderflower, mint & soda.
Katie & Dan arrived in a camper van in true style of the day! Guests enjoyed the cocktails and canapés despite the drizzly rain. They were then seated for a wonderful 3 course wedding breakfast of anti Pasti boards of Proscuitto, salami Milano, chorizo, olives, artichokes, marinated roasted peppers and bruschettas.
Main course was delicious, cooked to perfection, by John & MJ in probably the smallest kitchen we have ever worked in!
Rump of Lamb, mini shepherds pie, root vegetable dauphinoise, green beans and redcurrant jus.
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Desserts supplied by friends and family of Apple pies, cheesecakes, fairy cakes topped off the meal with tea & coffee.
We then cleared the room to make way for lots of dancing and did they party! Even grandma was tapping her feet!

Another great wedding weekend, last one for a while for us, now getting prepared for those Christmas corporate parties!!

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Busy week at HQ!

Another busy week for the kitchen this week, 5 tastings for clients for bookings next year, a corporate buffet and getting set for Katie and Dan’s big day tomorrow! It’s all go! And we are supposed to be quietening down!
Tomorrow’s menu consists of anti pasti boards for starters, rump of lamb, mini shepherds pie, root vegetable dauphinoise, green beans & redcurrant jus. Followed by homemade deserts! Yum!
My best bit is the cocktails we are mixing for arrival drinks! Henham hedgerow! Vodka, elderflower, lime, soda and blackberries and big apple, made up of spiced whiskey, apple juice and ginger beer! Great autumnal warmers!
Let’s hope for sunshine and a great day for our last wedding of the season but with those cocktails I can’t think it will be anything but!

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