I had a meeting last week with the super knowledgeable Catherine Cheek from Devon based wine merchants Christopher Piper Wines.
Over a cup of builders tea Catherine made suggestions for wedding reception drinks that are a little bit different which is what we like to offer.
Her first suggestion was blushing bubbles using a Chase Raspberry Liqueur .which is made by Chase, the UK’s only single estate distillery founded by farmer William Chase in 2008 and made from fresh locally sourced raspberries and Chase fine English potato vodka giving it a ‘pure, luxurious quality.’ Served in champagne flutes and topped with an edible organic flower from Maddocks Organics Flower Farm, what a great way to start your English summer garden wedding.
Another suggestion is ‘West Country Pimms’ made with Kingston Black which is a blend of cider brandy and the juice of one of the finest and rarest of vintage cider apples. This legend of the West Country apple orchards creates a unique and slightly less sweet ‘Pimms’. Catherine has promised to share her secret recipe which I’m desperate to get my hands on!
I’ve also come across Cornish Pastis (loving the name) produced by small, Cornish distillery, Southwestern Distillery which according to the company contains, “foraged gorse flowers from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest… finished off with a touch of liquorice root for colour.” Catherine is going to be putting together some cocktails using these amazing products which in the line of duty I’ll be trying out soon and reporting back!
She’s also going to be putting together a list of recommended wedding wines, sparkling wines, beers and digestifs especially for us so check back in for an update.
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