Champagne Thursday: ginger-ale, rum & blackberry cocktail
Today, we celebrate.
I've not mentioned anything before, but it's time to let you all into the loop... I'm moving!!!
That's right, I am packing up the house, donating what I no longer use, & headed off to the island of Syros.
Bet you didn't see that coming.
This glorious event will be happening on Sunday... so before I get overwhelmed with all the madness & chaos, I thought it might be time to toast.
I also decided to take this opportunity to say sorry in advance if I'm missing for a few weeks, from what I hear my internet isn't set up yet & it could be a while, I also don't have a high enough voltage of electricity running through my humble dwellings to power the oven. Things may take a while so just sit tight.
Don't worry about that yet, for now, mix up one of these & have a drink with me. For the stress that's going to soon follow. Imagine this, if I don't have an oven soon, I wont have a birthday cake. Fingers crossed please.
Ingredients, blackberry syrup: - 150g (1 cup) blackberries, fresh or frozen - 220g (1 cup) sugar - 1 lemon, zest only - 250ml (1 cup) water
Directions, blackberry syrup: 1. put the blackberries in a food processor & whiz until the berries have been completely broken down. Pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds (cocktails just aren't that much fun if you end up with seeds stuck between your teeth) 2. pour the blackberry juice into a pot, add sugar, zest & water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat & cook for about 15 minutes until it begins to thicken. Make sure to stir constantly & watch closely. 3. remove from the heat & allow to cool before making your cocktails.
Ingredients, cocktail: - blackberry syrup (above) - rum - ginger-ale - ice - blackberry for garnish
Directions, cocktail: 1. pour a tablespoon or two of syrup into the bottom of your glass. Add the ice next, carefully. Add a shotglass of rum & then pour the gingerale ontop last. Garnish with a blackberry & serve.
By the way...
If you're interested in the type of stuff I keep stocked in my kitchen or the equipment that I use regularly... here's a pretty comprehensive list.
Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:
Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk
Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh
Stand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2yqXPiH
Candy Thermometer - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xklw7k
Food Processor - Cuisinart - http://amzn.to/2xkkZqK
Blender - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xXQgwU
Silicone Spatula - Zyliss - http://amzn.to/2y3Srkw
Chef's Knife 8" - Miyabi - http://amzn.to/2fUtyRK
Pots & Pans:
Cast Iron Grill Skillet 10.5" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2z2GPwi
Cake tins & Pie Plates:
Bunt Pan - Nordic Ware - http://amzn.to/2xjGB1N
Square Cake Tin - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xkn5Ce
Springform cake tin 22cm (9”) - Farberware - http://amzn.to/2xkdQ4T
Ceramic Pie Plate- Emile Henry - http://amzn.to/2gex5qR
Cupcake Tin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkp4GG
Tart Tin Loose Bottom 9.5” - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xje3u2
Non-Slip Pipping Bags - Pastry Gear - http://amzn.to/2fLxAZ0
Pipping Tips - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2yJVPy1
Food Gels - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2kpOCky
Fondant Smoother - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkyZRl
Fondant Rolling Mat - The Mat - http://amzn.to/2y2bg76
Active Dry Yeast - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2gcC2R4
Almond Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkP3xI
Arrow root - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ycT0WF
Baking Powder - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkJz5U
Bicarbonate of Soda - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yL7Lj4
Brown Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2z1MUt1
Buckwheat Flour - Anthony’s Organic - http://amzn.to/2xjRS6T
Flaxseed Meel - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ybK0Rm
Millet flour - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2iBZqYw
Oat Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2fNUuyZ
Potato Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yKpYgH
Tapioca Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xjv879
Vanilla Extract Organic - Simply Organic - http://amzn.to/2xXdt2e
Vanilla Beans - Vanilla Products - http://amzn.to/2yLMqWQ
White Flour GF - Dove's Farm - http://amzn.to/2z1b5I1
Xanthan Gum - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2zoYxuC
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