Oh the allure of the French 77… my most favorite cocktail. If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying one yourself, it’s like a refreshing summer day dancing in bubbles. Typically the blend would be Champagne, Elderflower Liquor, a lemon twist and sometimes even a splash of gin! It was one of those new craft-style cocktail joints that got me hooked. When the lovely ladies over at Vitamix asked me if I’d like to share a fun wedding cocktail and a few wedding registry tips with you, I instantly had an idea. I knew the Vitamix was highly regarded for it’s blending capabilities, so I wondered how my favorite cocktail would fare in a frozen form. After I played with this badass blender a bit and tried out a few different cocktail measurements, I landed on a fabulous mixture that I’m excited to share with you today! Ok, and can we also just take a moment to reflect on this copper beauty? The special metallic finish is part of the new Professional Series 750 Heritage Collection, available at Williams-Sonoma and I’m in love.
For those of you who might not know (or haven’t seen my craft room), I’m a copper freak and always have been, so I’m thrilled that it’s a huge trend right now. Williams-Sonoma actually has a “copper shop” on their website where you can find all these pretty items… just in case you are copper obsessed like me!
- 6 cups of ice
- 1 cup of Champagne (or sparkling wine)
- 1/4 cup Saint Germain Elderflower Liquor
- 1/8 cup Simple Syrup
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Makes 4 servings. After the shoot, I added a splash of champagne to top of my cup!
The Frozen Dial
This Vitamix Professional Series 750 comes with five preset programs for smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, purees and washing! With all your ingredients added, turn to the frozen dessert dial and let it do the hard work! It has it’s own cycle of about a minute or so and will turn off when it’s done. If the mix gets stuck from all the ice, just use the tamper through the top of the lid to get things moving.
I was blown away by the amazing texture of this frozen cocktail. I am fully convinced that every bride-to-be needs to add this machine to her wedding registry just because of the cocktail possibilities! Not to mention the fact that it can make salad dressings, hot soups, ice cream, peanut butter and much, much more. It comes with a terrific cookbook that me and the hubs are just now diving into; it’s really refreshed my cooking habits!
Top 5 Registry Tips
- Register at 3 places to give your guests options. A high end store like Williams-Sonoma. A midrange store like Target. And an online store like Amazon.
- Add items with a wide price range. From the copper vegetable peeler to the copper Vitamix, having an array of items will give your guests great purchasing options. Also think about adding fun things to your list, not just necessities!
- Check on your registry about every two weeks. Make sure that the items you’ve added are still available (many will not be after the span of your engagement) and that they haven’t gone to clearance or worse, deleted. It happened to me! Also make sure that there are always many price ranges available for your guests. As an example, if all of your small inexpensive items have been purchased, go back and see if you can add a few more – just in case there are others left who still need to buy for you.
- Most every retailer will give you a discount on items you purchase AFTER your wedding, as a way to pick up the things that no one bought for you. So go back a few days before your event and add like crazy to ensure you get the deal!
- Lastly, make your registry experience fun! Go out to dinner, have a cocktail before, dress up… after all you only get to do this once!
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