Raspberry Mules with Absolut Elyx

This post is sponsored by Pernod Ricard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

To kick off one of the best times of the year, we celebrated with some raspberry mules using Absolut Elyx. A twist on a simple and gently sweet Moscow mule, the raspberry cordial used gives the raspberry mules a hint of fresh fruit.

It’s not every day that I have the time or patience to put few cocktails together at home, but sometimes it’s a really nice change of pace. Now that we are all entertaining more than usual due to the holiday season, I’m getting into the habit of making and serving drinks at home when friends and family are over.

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

One of the best things about making cocktails at home? Getting to control all of the ingredients that go into the drink. Plus, it can be pretty fun to put cute cocktails together am I right?

I’m using Absolut Elyx. as the vodka in these raspberry mules. It’s the world’s first single estate copper crafted vodka, coming straight from Sweden.

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

What do we they mean by “single estate?” It’s pretty cool—all the wheat used in product is grown on one single estate in southern Sweden. And the entire production of the vodka takes place within a 15 mile radius. This is how Absolut can guarantee their high quality vodka. They control the entire process themselves.

How does Absolut Elyx taste? Simply put, really good. Absolut Elyx has a silky smooth taste to it due to the way it’s made. They actually use a unique copper catalyzation process to produce Absolut Elyx. Absolut works to make sure the vodka achieves maximum contact with copper. They also use hand operated copper techniques and skills that only a select few know. Copper isn’t just in the name, it’s part of the process. Copper makes it better!

With quality ingredients and state-of-the-art processing, it’s pretty easy to see why this luxury vodka deserves a place on our bar carts.

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

Raspberry cordial is simple to make, and making it at home instead of buying a bottle at the liquor store can make all the difference in how refreshing the cocktail tastes. Store brands may have additives you’re unaware of or high levels of sugar, which isn’t very healthy.

Knowing that I’m using high quality ingredients when I’m using freshly squeezed lime juice, homemade raspberry cordial, and Absolut Elyx makes me feel like I can have a nice cocktail without worrying about additives, extra sugar, or anything else that could be harmful. Plus, I feel so much better about making drinks for friends!

It’s easy to take shortcuts with what we put in our bodies—low quality alcohol, low quality liqueurs, low quality fruits and garnishes. In fact, it’s all relatively inexpensive. But we might really pay for it someday, and I don’t really want to wait around and find out what that stuff will do to me.

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

 

Raspberry Mules with Absolut Elyx

Ingredients

  • 3 parts Absolut Elyx.
  • 1 part Fresh Homemade Raspberry Cordial
  • 1 part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Top Ginger Beer
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a copper mule mug or a highball glass with crushed ice.
  2. Pour the vodka, raspberry cordial, and lime juice over the ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
http://www.thesassylife.com/raspberry-mules-with-absolut-elyx/

The copper bar tools I’m using made things a lot more fun. The color and shine on the tools are so stunning, I found myself mesmerized as I was using them (ooooh, shiny!). You can browse through all the shiny copper bar tools on the Elyx Boutique. They’re the perfect addition to your cocktail-making arsenal. Plus, they’re seriously beautiful in person. The way they catch the light—wow, you would think I’m talking about diamonds or something. Copper makes it better!

Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules Absolut Elyx // Raspberry Mules

Making and serving raspberry mules to friends and family is fun, but I love having the peace of mind of using quality ingredients like Absolut Elyx. Available in select stores, I highly recommend Absolut Elyx for both its quality and its taste.

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

 

Yes, I know stone fruit is not in season right now. I was going through my files and realized that I hadn’t shared this recipe yet.

Although stone fruit is not in season anymore, clafoutis can be served with just about any fruit. Apples, pears, and any berries that might be in season in your region would be perfect for clafoutis. In the summer, it’s a great way to use up all the fresh summer fruit that’s impossible to finish. In the fall, it’s a great alternative to flaky pies and sweet cobblers. 

Let me backtrack for a second and explain what clafoutis is before we go on any further. It’s a rustic french dessert that looks very elegant but is so so so simple to make. Think of it as more of a custard type dessert than a traditional pie or fruit crumble as it uses more eggs than traditional desserts.

That’s also part of what makes it healthier on the spectrum of desserts. The stone fruit clafoutis I made was only 150 calories per serving and fairly low in sugar, making it a guilt-free dessert, especially compared to all the pies and cakes out there. You won’t miss the sugar though. 

In my clafoutis, I’m using plums, peaches, nectarines, and actually a couple of strawberries here and there. My goal was to use up most of the fresh fruit I had on hand at the time, and it was mostly stone fruit. I washed and sliced the fruit, then measured the weight of the fruit using a scale. By the way, I highly recommend adding a scale to your kitchen tools if you don’t use one already. It’s highly utilized in my kitchen. 

Anyway, here’s the recipe!

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk (you can also use half and half)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lb. fruit of your choice, washed and cut.
  • powdered/confectioner's sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 9- or 10-inch pie pan. A deeper pan is better.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until frothy. I used my stand mixer for this part.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  5. Carefully stir in the flour and salt.
  6. Arrange the fruit in the bottom of the pie pan. Distribute the fruit as evenly as possible.
  7. Pour the custard batter over all of the fruit. If your pie dish is shallow, be mindful of any potential spills.
  8. Place the pan on a baking sheet or put directly into the oven for 10 min.
  9. After 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. The top will puff and sink upon cooling. A toothpick should come out of the center clean.
  10. Transfer the clafoutis to a cooling rack and it cool for about 20 min.
  11. Dust the clafoutis is confectioner's sugar. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

Notes

If you would like, you can add more sugar to your recipe. My clafoutis was sweet, but not sweet enough to prevent an "eggy" taste. I like the eggy taste but not everyone does.

http://www.thesassylife.com/stone-fruit-clafoutis/

 

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

Stone Fruit Clafoutis

My First Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

You’ve probably heard of Sketch or at the very least seen photos of the carnation pink velvet chairs in the Gallery (a part of the restaurant). As soon as I knew I would be traveling to London (which was actually only 2-3 weeks prior to going on the trip), I immediately made reservations for afternoon tea at the Gallery. The place is wildly popular thanks to Instagram, so I was pretty lucky to actually find a time open for afternoon tea. The place books up pretty quick!

It was my first afternoon high tea. Though there are plenty of tea rooms in The States, including some great tea rooms close to where I live, I’ve never really made the time to go to one. I’m kind of glad that I got to have my first afternoon tea in London since high tea is an English tradition. In a sense, it was nice to not have another tea experience to compare it to, but I also didn’t really know what to expect. I only knew what to expect based on movies, photos, and friend’s experiences. Afternoon tea isn’t exactly a wild time, but it was fun to finally experience it on my own. 

The afternoon tea isn’t exactly nominally priced (price per person starts at £58), but coming here was a nice “treat yourself” experience for myself. During my entire trip to London, I was pretty mindful about spending, except for when I was at Sketch. It was a bit of a YOLO moment since I was traveling on my own and didn’t really have to take everyone’s travel desires and budgets into consideration–only my own (perks of solo travel, friends!). 

Upon being seated in the Gallery, I was given a menu with a full list of the courses and the selections I could make. My lovely servers (really, the service here is great) kindly let me know that everything other than the initial drink ordered (you can select from non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages) and the caviar + quail egg, is unlimited. I could order as many of my favorite teas, sandwiches, or pastries as I liked. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

I began my tea with a non-alcoholic rosé drink, which was a nice way to settle in and start. I went with a non-alcoholic drink only because I had many drinks the night before and woke up that morning hungover. Alcohol was one of the last things I wanted at that moment. Had I not been hungover that morning, I probably would have gone with sparkling wine. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Next, I selected my tea. There were so many teas to pick from, but I went with a white peony tea since it’s flavor is light and gentle and goes with just about any food. 

I hadn’t noticed at this point, but a trio of musicians (all women btw!) had set up in the corner of the Gallery and began playing beautiful music! It was nice to enjoy my tea and rosé drink while listening to the music. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

The first food that came out was the quail egg + caviar. I became a little nervous at this point. I’m not much of a seafood person, but I was willing to try the caviar. The part that made me nervous was figuring out the proper way to eat everything. Also the table next to me just finished their tea and were waiting for their check, meaning they could stare at me oddly eating my food. My solution was to quickly eat everything and slowly add the caviar to the quail eggs one bite at a time. I hope I did it right, but to be totally honest I’m still not sure! 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Next, the tiered stand of finger sandwiches and pastries made their way to my table. Though it doesn’t look like a lot of food, I was stuffed fully after eating all of it. It’s pretty damn filling. I didn’t place a second order on any of the finger sandwiches or pastries, just so I could stuff myself full with more tea and the scone that came next. I do wish I had some extra room though–I loved all of the finger sandwiches. Again, I’m not a big seafood person, but I still ate the smoked salmon finger sandwich and found it to be quite good. The pastries were all great, too. I’m not big on cheesecake or fruit filled pastries usually but I found all of them to be quite tasty. My line of thinking was to try everything on the tiered stand, even if it wasn’t something I usually liked. Often when food is prepared in a phenomenal way, it doesn’t really matter if you usually like it or not. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

I ordered another tea, a hibiscus one this time, which had a deeper flavor than the gentle white tea I began with. It was a great tea to pair with the scone I had next. Warm and delicious, I had my scone with the fig and strawberry jam. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Finally, I was served a traditional Victoria sponge cake. It made my taste buds sing, but my stomach was so full I couldn’t finish the cake. I began to take small bites here and there but at some point I just let go and decided that if I ate anymore I would just get sick. 

After my meal and taking in the posh pink environment, I was soon on my way to some of the stores in the area for a nice-post meal walk. Or as some friends call it, the digestion walk.

Overall, I loved the afternoon tea and definitely think it’s worth the experience. Be ready to pay for the experience (it’ll be about $100 USD/person including the service charge depending on what you order), but also come ready to have a good, relaxing time and enjoy yourself. 

Sketch also has other beautifully decorated rooms and serves more than just afternoon tea. Take a look at their website and their menus for a good idea of what they have to offer. 

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Afternoon Tea at Sketch London