Time for a party, peeps.
Not just any party – a rather elegant, glamorous party. (I define ‘elegant and glamorous’ as ‘fancy food, fancy drinks, and maybe fancy shoes.’)
It’s been quite a while since I hosted such a party and I decided 2017 would be the year. I decided that it would be the year in January 2017… and it’s taken me until November 2017 to make good on my plan. Better late than never, I suppose.
Thankfully, this party was well worth the wait.
It was the perfect opportunity to gather round some friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen in ages, and catch up on all of life’s happenings.
And, of course, eat and drink – because what good is a party without good food and good drinks?
As a foodie, making sure my guests are happy with the food and drink choices is my number one priority. I may procrastinate on a party date, but once the party date is set, the food and drink planning begins.
I aim to focus on easy foods and cocktails that are ready before the guests arrive so I can spend less time cooking and more time chatting with guests. What good is a party if it’s all spent in the kitchen?
So, to start my party plans, I devised an easy cocktail with an elegant look: Hibiscus Whisky Sour.
Don’t you love the gorgeous colour from the hibiscus syrup? It may be cold outside here, but the colour of this cocktail had me feeling like it’s summer. (But maybe that was just the whisky…)
Hibiscus Whisky Sour is a twist on the classic whisky sour. My last attempt, a Maple Apple Whisky Sour, was a great success. (And by ‘great success,’ I mean nearly everyone I’ve served it to has asked for the recipe.) Much like the Maple Apple Whisky Sour, Hibiscus Whisky Sour is super easy and quick to whip up.
Hibiscus Cocktail Ingredients
To make this hibiscus cocktail, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:
- Apple juice
- Lime juice
- Hibiscus syrup
- Mint leaves, limes slices and mango chunks for garnish
The mango chunks were a bit of a last-minute addition. (A very smart last-minute addition.) While gathering the food for the party, I spotted a bag of Iceland Foods frozen mango chunks in my freezer and decided they would be the perfect garnish to this cocktail – and they were. They add another gorgeous colour to an already pretty cocktail.
The Party Food – Iceland Luxury Food & Platters
Now that you know how to make Hibiscus Whisky Sour, let’s get back to the party.
It ended up being excellent timing that the procrastinator in me waited nearly a full year to host my glamourous party because it meant I got to serve a brand new range of luxury food to my guests. (I almost feel ‘rewarded’ for waiting – not good for future procrastinating.)
Iceland Foods (I am sure they need no introduction) has put out a new luxury range of food called Iceland’s Luxury Food & Platters.
They just happened to launch this range right before my party – perfect timing. (And perfect for my less-time-in-the-kitchen goal.)
It’s no surprise that Iceland Foods launched a luxury foods range as they seem to have thought of everything else. Freshly frozen at the source vegetables and fruit, fish, meats, a line of party foods, these new luxury foods, and much more.
The best part of the new range is how easy it is to prepare. A bit of time in the oven is most all of the foods need. A few only require defrosting.
So you’re probably wondering what everyone at the party thought of the food. The short answer is they loved it. They asked if I made it all – and as much as I wanted to brag and say ‘yes I made this lovely food,’ I decided to fess up and tell them no, it’s from Iceland Foods. (A good chef never lies about making food… usually.)
Here are the foods from the new Iceland Foods Luxury Foods range I served at the party.
Iceland Foods Luxury Foods— These were soooooooo good. Chicken breast covered with a nacho breaded coating, and a sachet of herbed salsa dip for dipping.
Iceland Luxury Coconuts Leaf Prawn Parcels – Everyone fought over these. There were even a few raised voices at the moment of only one remaining, but cooler heads prevailed. Who doesn’t love food served in a coconut leaf parcel? These had prawns, squid, and sticky rice (and of course soy sauce and rice wines).
Iceland Luxury Smoked Salmon Snowflake Terrine – These presented so well and only required defrosting. The snowflake shape looked pretty and festive. Each piece of the snowflake contained smoked salmon mousse with a shredded salmon topping.
- Iceland Luxury Raspberry & Pistachio Layered Pavlova
- Iceland Luxury Sicilian Lemon Tartlets
- Iceland Cheesy Jalapeños
- Iceland Luxury Sushi Platter
- Iceland Luxury Rock Lobster Thermidor
Everything we tried was really lovely – to be expected from Iceland Foods. A few guests loved what they tried so much (especially those coconut leaf prawn parcels) that they said they planned to pick up some for their holiday parties.
The party was a big success. I was happy to not spend much time in the kitchen, and I was even happier that everyone else enjoyed themselves.
(For another delightful holiday party cocktail, try my Mincemeat Christmas Martini.)
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Hibiscus Whisky Sour
- 50 ml whisky
- 240 ml apple juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp hibiscus syrup
- To garnish – mango chunks mint and lime slices
- Mix the whisky, apple juice, lime juice and hibiscus syrup in a jug.
- Fill 2 glasses with some ice and pour in the hibiscus whisky sour.
- Garnish with mango chunks, lime slices and mint before serving.