Blood Orange Gin Fizz

We have a lot to celebrate lately.  For starters, It’s spring and that means we are going to be outside attending parties, BBQ’ing, enjoying the start of wedding season and hitting up the beach and pool.  Also, daylight savings is finally here, and although we have to adjust to the hour of sleep we lose and waking up to a dark sky, we get an extra hour of sunlight!  

We have been working hard over here pulling together lots of ideas for how to get your entertaining mojo out of hibernation.  We kicked off March providing tips on al fresco dining and even have two custom invitations available for purchase at just $5.  If you missed getting your e-vite ordered, it’s not too late.  See here for details.

Most importantly, it’s Friday, which means celebratory libations are in order.  Up on today’s menu is our Blood Orange Gin Fizz.  Blood Orange season is typically from December through May, so we are making the most out of this fruit while it’s still in season. This drink uses fresh fruit, it actually fizzes when you make it, and it’s refreshing.  

* Recipe makes 1 serving

Blood Oranges ¼ cup (approx 2-3 oranges)

Granulated Sugar ¼ cup

Gin 1.5 oz

Confectioner’s Sugar 1 teaspoon

Club Soda 4 oz

Rosemary, for garnish

Collins glass

For the rim of the glass:  Zest the blood orange(s) onto a plate.  Add the granulated sugar and mix together.  Wet the inside and outside rim of your glass using a wet paper towel and place the glass into the sugar mixture spinning the glass to evenly coat the rim

 

For the cocktail:  Juice the blood oranges and pour the juice into your cocktail glass along with the gin and stir.  Be sure not to knock off all of your rimming sugar.  Next, Add your confectioners sugar and club soda.  Once all of the fizzing has stopped, add ice and a rosemary sprig for garnish and enjoy. 

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All images in this blog post were taken by Amanda Jameson and styled by Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel

Al fresco Invitation Made Just For You

Warmer weather is just around the corner and we are hopeful that our blog last week on al fresco dining has inspired you to have some friends over for a weekend lunch outdoors.  If you missed the blog post from last week, be sure to check it out here.

We thought our followers may need a little motivation to dust off that outdoor patio and dive into Spring, so we had our talented Friend Chelsea Briganti design two (2) invitation options that we are offering to customize for just $5

All you need to do is email us HERE and let us know which of the two invitation options you would like customized, the location of event, date and time and we will personalize them accordingly.

Once we receive payment from you (these details will be included in the email response to your inquiry) then we will send over a PDF file that you can either email to your guests or print to place in the mail. 

Option 1 Watercolor Olive Branches

Option 2: Floral Fette

Be sure to tag us on Instagram @seventhbixel using hashtag #Seventhbixel with your al fresco dining photos.  If you are interested in contributing content to our blog, please send all inquiries to info@seventhbixel.com

Barely Marbled Bowties

 

I am always looking for a hassle free treat that takes few ingredients, has little prep work and is mostly mess free.  When the treat is both adult and child friendly, even better. 

Chocolate pops, or white chocolate in my case, are my quick go-to.  They are perfect for party favors and they travel quite easy.  Today, I am going to quickly show you how to make these barely marbled bow ties. 

Silicone Candy molds (I typically grab these at Michaels.  You can find seasonal molds and they are inexpensive and dishwasher safe.  Similar one on Amazon found here)

Lollipop Sticks (Also available at Michaels or your local grocery store in the baking aisle)

Wilton’s Candy Melts (Available at Michaels and Party City)

Edible Star Glitter (optional) this can be found at Michaels or here.

Mixing bowls (1 per chocolate)

Spatula

Zip lock baggie

1. Pour each chocolate into a separate microwave safe bowl and melt on high for one (1) minute and then stir.  Continue to melt the chocolate at 15 second intervals and stir each time.  You will want to make sure that the chocolate is melted but not over melted.  Stirring frequently will allow the chocolate to melt evenly.

2. Pour one of the chocolate colors into the other melted chocolates bowl folding the mixture over once.  Make sure not to over mix or you will lose the marble effect.

3.  Using your spatula pour the mixture into a zip lock bag and seal.  Cut the corner of the zip lock and squeeze the mixture into the molds.

4.  Once the molds are filled, gently tap them on the counter so the chocolate settles.  Place a lollipop stick into each mold.

5.  Place the treats in the refrigerator for 30 minutes until cooled and hardened.

Optional: Once the treats have completely hardened you can gently remove them from the molds.  If you want to add some edible glitter or gold leafing to them now is the perfect time.  Just simply dip your finger into the mixture and grab some of the glitter onto your finger.  Gently touch the chocolate and the décor will transfer.

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