Monday, May 4, 2009

Fairy Refreshments

Therese has been enjoying The Girls' Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker and Frederick Warne this week. I thought I should share this simple, easy, delicious drink recipe for a special afternoon tea time or other occasion with you.

My daughter had asked me on Friday morning to make the recipe. I took one look at the directions and said it was something we would have to plan, go to the store for the ingredients, and so forth. It looked easy except for the fairy ice cubes; that would take some effort, thus the delay.

We have since discovered that it is actually easy enough that two children, ages six and three, can make the drink without the ice cubes by themselves while Mom and Dad take an unplanned mid-day nap on a Saturday. Oh my! I wish I had a picture of the end result! While the drinks themselves looked nice and tasted delicious, about the kitchen itself, all my husband could say was, "We deserve this." So, we sent the children outside to play while we cleaned. Read the recipe and just imagine the aftermath.

Fairy Refreshments

Ice cube tray
Edible flowers and soft fruits
Orange & cranberry juices
Drinking straws

1. To make fairy ice cubes, put soft fruit or edible flowers into an ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze overnight.

2. Decorate your glasses with "fairy dust." Dip the rim of each glass into some orange juice in a bowl.

3. Dip the glass into a saucer of sugar. This gives a frosted, glittery "fairy dust" effect!

4. Add ice cubes and chopped fruit to the glass. Fill halfway with some fresh orange juice.

5. Carefully fill the rest of your glass with delicious cranberry juice.

6. Use your favorite fruits to decorate. Try different combinations of juices and fruit!

Nasturtium's craft tips ~ Only use the following flowers for your ice cubes: rose petals, violet petals, chamomile flowers, nasturtiums, mint.

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