Monday Coffee: Sweet & Simple European Delights

Happy Monday to you all! When planning your at home fête, wedding celebration, or brunch gathering, look to some of your favorite things to incorporate a personal touch. Here are just a few of our favorite {European} delights and ideas on how to incorporate them into a memorable bash.
1. A Pimm’s Cup is one of the most refreshing drinks around {see below for a recipe}. Great for spring, it’s British perfection when paired with fish and chips served up in newspaper cones. Think about offering this as a late-night snack at your wedding celebration to keep your guests fueled during dancing.
2. Delicious and light, crepe cakes are a fantastic way to sweetly nod to your love of Paris or to French heritage. Serve up cakes on antique pedestals on individual dining tables and let guests help themselves family-style. Offer sweet French-inspired cocktails with ribbon flags during cocktail hour and gift guests a recipe card with the ingredients to make at home. We prefer to keep any sugary drinks we serve really light so guests enjoy them and they don’t go to waste.
3. Who doesn’t love a good olive oil? Hand-pressed blends gifted to guests in small glass bottles make for perfect take-home favors. You can personalize with your wedding details or with a recipe. Homemade limoncello  {see below for a recipe} is entirely refreshing and when bottled up with fun personalized details can be gifted as favors, as hostess gifts, or to enjoy at home.
Pimm’s Cup via Epicurious
4 lemon slices | 4 apple slices | 4 orange slices | 4 cucumber slices | 3 cups Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, available at liquor stores | 2 cups lemonade soda | 4 fresh mint sprigs | Ice cubes

Fill four 8- to 10-ounce highball glasses with ice cubes. Divide the fruit slices among the glasses. Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade and 3 tablespoons of Pimm’s into each glass. Garnish with the mint and serve.

Limoncello via Giada Di Laurentiis

10 lemons | 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka | 3 1/2 cups water | 2 1/2 cups sugar Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.


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  1. lizzie says

    SOMETIMES i skip breakfast before work in the name of time…and it seems like EVERY time that happens, you post brilliantly delicious looking foods i hadn't even thought of for the past…5 years? yeah…i would fantasize about a plain, dry english muffin right now…but really, this is too much!

  2. Christine @ Bridal Banter says

    Pimm's Cups are a favorite of mine. I make them with Simply Lemonade and a splash of ginger ale for fizz. But carbonated lemonade would be much simpler!

  3. la petite coquine says

    Yum! I have a friend who's planning a brunch wedding and her husband has his heart set on a pancake cake-I suggested a crepe cake instead and they went wild for the idea!

  4. Something Old, Something New says

    Love these European treats! Now if only I could learn to make a crepe for breakfast!

  5. Luna and Chloe says

    Yummy, yummy!!! I adore the Pim's Cup and fish and chips as a late night snack option. And I really adore them serve in cones!!! Such the perfect detail. The crepes too look fabulous. My love for Italy though with olive oil and limoncello is perfection! Eeks ~ what I wouldn't give to be there right now dipping bread in some oil and sipping on a limoncello…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!


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