I love tea parties. One of my favorite things that I have in my home is two classic china sets from my grandparents. They are pink and black and from the 50s. I love the sets for high tea or afternoon tea when I have company over. It feels so fancy! This week I am creating cocktails that are perfect for Springtime tea parties. They are light on the sugar and oh so pastel pretty. Let's get a little girly!
You don't look like a Thinker
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz lime juice
Top with Grapefruit soda/Grapefruit tonic
Garnish: Pink Glitter and lime wedge
Recipe: Who doesn't love a gin soda? I love this cocktail for being simple, not super sugary, and so delicious. It's the perfect afternoon tea/cocktail break. It's great when you want to step it up but don't want to be too much or take too long.
All you have to do is pour lime juice and gin in a highball glass. Add some ice and top off with grapefruit soda (or grapefruit tonic). You can choose how much you want the grapefruit soda and can use seltzer or sparkling water to ease up on the sugar but keep the bubbles. I love to make things a little more fancy so I use edible glitter to add some color to the cocktail and always garnish with a lime wedge in case anyone wants more lime.
Girl you look good
2 oz Citron Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau (orange liqueur)
1 oz Lemon juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup (or desired level)
Garnish: White Glitter rim and Lemon peel
Recipe: Now I am not someone who looks for skinny cocktails or instantly thinks that sugar is bad. But I also understand that if you want a high tea cookie sometimes it's great to cut the sugar in your drink. I find a Skinny Lemondrop Martini can also work as a little sour. It's perfect when you are snacking on some desserts and want to drink a girly cocktail.
The cocktail itself is a simple one. Using a cocktail shaker with ice, pour all ingredients. Give it a good shake. Then pour into a chilled martini glass. Instead of a sugar rim, I used white edible glitter. It makes the cocktail look fancy but also doesn't add additional sugar. To rim the glass, you use the leftover lemon half and wet the rim then dip the wet rim in a plate with the glitter. A lemon peel just adds the perfect little citrus on the nose.
Bitch, I wasn't Born Yesterday
2 oz Whiskey
1/2 oz Allspice Dram
1 oz Lemon juice
Three dashes of Cherry Bitters
Garnish: yellow glitter and maraschino cherry or moonshine cherry
Recipe: This cocktail is a perfect afterwork drink. I love a little whiskey on a hard day and this one always hits me in a great spot. It's also a perfect cocktail for a tea party where not everyone wants something super girly or most people prefer whiskey. Just cause you like whiskey doesn't mean you can't have it in a teacup!
To make this cocktail, you need to pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir quickly and pour into a chilled coupe glass. You can rim the coupe glass with yellow glitter or add a little glitter to the cocktail as you stir it. I think both are great for this cocktail as they both make it fancy! I also like to add a cherry to garnish because everything is better with a little cherry flavor and something to snack on.
Gentlemen don't get it
2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
Three slices of jalapeño (Small circles for muddling)
Light Purple glitter (check video to see the color change!)
Garnish: salt rim and lime wedge
Recipe: This is my version of a sunrise cocktail. This tequila cocktail is perfect for when you want to have a little change up and also perfect if your tea party has some savory snacks. It's like my little happy hour cocktail!
To make this cocktail, you need to muddle the jalepeno slices in a cocktail shaker. Then add ice. Pour the tequila, Grand Marnier, and pineapple juice. Give it a good shake. Pour the cocktail with ice into a double old fashioned glass or highball with ice. You can rim the glass with salt or glitter (I would go with salt). I also always add a lime wedge just in case anyone wants something to balance the spice. Always better wit a little lime! I would suggest stirring in the light purple glitter when you serve it, it's a great way to impress your guests!