Maybe it is the nature of summer that hardly a week goes by without finding an excuse to celebrate! Birthdays, engagements, baby showers, weddings... so many joyous occasions. During these balmy months, my favorite way to fete is with a Garden Party, be it at dusk with men in linen suits or at noon with ladies in gloves. Okay, well that might be a bit exaggerated, but I do adore a good gathering al fresco.
Both the napkins and the cocktail are a cinch to make and pack a punch of color and flavor. Whip up a set of napkins for a last minute get together or give them as a house warming gift paired with some delicious Bellocq Tea. Below you'll find the Sparkling Le Hammeau recipe, as well as a list of materials for making a set of Garden Party Napkins. And for the free and easy sewing pattern, just visit Molly's Handmade Napkin project journal right here!
Sparkling Le Hammeau
To make one cocktail:
- 1 raw sugar cube
- 2-3 drops orange bitters
- 1-2 teaspoons (or to taste) rose syrup (mymoune is our favorite)
- 1/3 cup Bellocq Le Hammeau (brewed), chilled
- 1/2 cup Prosecco, chilled
- Cocktail Ice
Orange peel, garnish ( or unsprayed rose petals, or a thin slice of orange…)
Put sugar cube, bitters, and rose syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle to infuse. Fill shaker with ice, add tea and shake until cold, about 20 seconds. Put cocktail ice in a tumbler, strain tea mixture over ice. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange rind.
To make eight 16-inch square napkins:
- 2 yards of Robert Kaufman's Essex. I used the color Bleached White.
- 8 packs of Nani Iro's Bias Tape. I used two packs of Little Letters in Aqua and in White and Melody Sketch in Aqua and in White.
- Cotton thread to match the bias tape. I used Gutermann's color 1040.
As another option, with just 2 packs of bias tape and 1/4 yard of fabric you can make a set of six 4-inch cocktail napkins!