I love coming across business owners that combine their passion and creativity to provide unique and memorable experiences for wedding/event guests everywhere.  Fresh Pours is a luxury bartending service that takes a refreshing approach to cocktail catering.  Elizabeth, Baylie and Kirsten are the three super talented mixologists behind this Toronto brand, and using only the freshest ingredients, homemade syrups and locally grown herbs, they are reinventing one classic cocktail at a time.  Read on for more details on how you can wow guests at your next soiree, PLUS a fun little Valentine’s Day recipe to try this upcoming weekend!

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COCKTAIL HOUR & FULL BAR SERVICE:  Offering standard bar set-up solutions as well as bartender service, Fresh Pours will make your event a spectacular and memorable experience.  You may also choose their Cocktail Hour service, offering a variety of custom cocktail stations including Margaritas, Mojitos, Ceasars, Martinis and so much more!  And for a completely unique experience, Fresh Pours will work with you to develop themed bars and signature cocktails.  Yum!!

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MIMOSA BAR:  What’s better than a perfect sip of champagne with a splash of your favorite juice and delicious fruit garnish?!  This is such a beautiful treat to enjoy on your wedding-day morning, bridal shower or birthday brunch.  Complete set up and clean up is included with this service, so you can simply sit back and enjoy!

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SIGNATURE COCKTAIL CREATION:  What better way to clink on your wedding day than with a beautifully crafted signature cocktail?  Fresh Pours will work closely with you to develop your very own recipe and they will deliver all of the fresh ingredients, such as juices and syrups, to your venue on the morning of the event.  They will even teach the in-house bartenders how to mix and serve your drink perfectly.  So stress-free, right?!

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If you would like to get in touch with the ladies bosses at Fresh Pours, you can contact them here.  And be sure to follow along here and here as well for updates.  A special thank you to Elizabeth, Baylie and Kirsten for sharing a fun (and brand new!) cocktail recipe.  Check it out below.  Enjoy, and please drink responsibly! xo

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz Vodka
3 oz Strawberry Purée
1 oz Rose Simple Syrup
0.25 oz Lemon
0.5 oz Egg White

For the Rose Simple Syrup:

  • Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add 1/2 cup of rose petals (pesticide free) and bring to a slow boil.
  • Remove from heat and allow contents to cool.
  • Strain simple syrup and discard any remaining pieces.

For the Strawberry Purée:

  • Blend 8-10 strawberries together with a splash of water.

For the Martini:

  • Pour vodka, purée, simple syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
  • Now add egg white to shaker and shake until foamy.
  • Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a rose petal or strawberry slice.

 

Photo Credit:  Kelly Cartney for Fresh Pours.

Raise your hand if you love cotton candy!  I will raise both hands and jump up and down a couple of times, just so you get a clear picture of how much I love this sweet treat!  Reminiscent of childhood days, summer fairs and carrousels, cotton candy makes hearts happy.  Period.

Now, make it organic, gluten-free and offer a choice of delicious custom flavours like salted caramel or pomegranate and you’ve got yourself a Fancy Puf.

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Michelle Digirolamo is the master Puf-ista behind Fancy Pufs.  Sparked by a genuine desire to offer her clients something unique and a long-lived love of cotton candy, this lovely girl specializes in making any and all celebrations a tad sweeter.  And did I mention that she has the cutest spinning cart that can be customized?  Fancy indeed!

Read on for a little Q&A with Michelle and to find out how you can infuse your celebration with a little fluffy magic.

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COTTON CANDY IS SUCH A FUN WAY TO SWEETEN ANY EVENT!  COULD YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOU CAN DO SPECIFICALLY FOR WEDDINGS AND CELEBRATIONS?

FP: We have several ways to sweeten up your event!  One of our most popular bookings is our mobile cotton candy cart which can roll into any party.  Our cart will spin organic cotton candy on site at any celebration.  For this option, we offer three packages – Fancy, Fancier and Fanciest.  But our mobile cart is not all we offer.  We are game for any cotton candy rendezvous!  We also have an a la Carte menu that offers exciting extras such as cotton candy champagne and/or tea toppers and fun cotton candy favours.  The list goes on and on!

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ALL OF YOUR COTTON CANDY FLAVOURS SOUND LIKE MAGIC AND I LOVE THAT THEY ARE ORGANIC AND GLUTEN-FREE!  ARE YOU ABLE TO CREATE CUSTOM FLAVOURS AND COLOURS UPON REQUEST?

FP: We do our best to satisfy everybody’s sweet tooth!  If there is a preferred flavour that is not on our menu we are happy to craft that flavour for our clients.  Some flavours may require up to three weeks notice, but anything is possible!

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HOW EARLY IN ADVANCE SHOULD SOMEONE BOOK FANCY PUFS FOR THEIR EVENT?

FP: We suggest three to six months prior to the event depending on the quantity needed. The sooner the better!  We are almost fully booked for 2015.  We are now taking bookings for 2016.

I AM SURE THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO PICK JUST ONE, BUT DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL FAVORITE FANCY PUFS FLAVOUR?

FP: HMM! That is a tricky one. I would say lemon is my personal favourite. It’s fresh and fun!  Who’s ready for summer?

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Lemon cotton candy sounds delicious, yes?!  Be sure to follow Michelle here and here for daily inspiration and check out her offerings for a detailed list of options.  I think those cotton candy champagne toppers are calling my name!

Lots of love and happy Wednesday! XO

All photos via Fancy Pufs.

Summer…oh, sweet, sweet summer!  It is finally here, and what better way to welcome it than with a good old-fashioned snow cone.  I’m talking freshly shaved ice topped with the sweetest, made-from-scratch syrups for a tasty treat reminiscent of easy-breezy childhood days spent out in the sun.

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Do I have your attention yet?  Enter the lovely Meg and Linds, the fun ladies behind Sweet Ice Snow Cones, who craft delicious and refreshing flavours of cone syrups from scratch in small batches, using only the freshest local ingredients.

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With flavours like Strawberry Vanilla, Peaches and Honey and Lavender Lemon (with the option to be served spiked for the grown-ups in the group!) and poured over crushed ice, these nostalgic treats are sure to impress the lovely guests at your next summer soiree.

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There are lots of fun flavors to choose from, but if you have something specific in mind, Sweet Ice is super happy to work with you to create something custom for your celebration.  And for something totally different, Meg and Linds highly recommend the Apple Cider cone, which is a surprisingly refreshing flavour, especially so when splashed with a little whiskey.  Sounds so good, right?!

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To book Sweet Ice for your upcoming wedding or special event, contact them here.

You can also find all of Sweet Ice’s natural syrups in coffee shops across Hamilton (where these lovelies are located).  And if you are looking for a serious thirst-quencher, try them as Italian Sodas at at The Cannon, Detour Café, or Cake & Loaf Bakery, or as a cremosa at Café Oranje.

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Be sure to follow Sweet Ice on Twitter and Facebook for regular photos, updates, and to see where they will be scooping delicious summer flavours next!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I wish you a perfect summer day!  XO

All product photos via Sweet Ice.