I recently heard about Eat, Drink, Spring, which is the Spring Edition of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival. I love good food, cocktails and wine, so I was immediately intrigued.
The timing really couldn’t be more perfect, because after looking over the schedule of events there are a couple that I am specifically very interested in as Byron and I are currently working on setting up our balcony.
The Patio Decor & Gardening Workshop is going to provide some tips and tricks on summer entertaining and how to create the perfect patio space. Now this is perfect because we don’t have a very big balcony, so I am hoping to get some ideas on how we can maximize our balcony space.
The Pati-Oh Canada event is going to demonstrate how to prepare for summer parties with a demo on how to grow herbs and then use them to make drinks. This event is one I am super excited for because there is nothing better than having your own crop of fresh herbs to cook with and make drinks from. The only problem with this is that I seem to have the kiss of death with plants. So, I plan on ensuring that Byron pays special attention at this demonstration as he is in charge of our balcony garden. It’s a good thing I have him around now, otherwise I’d being use dried out, shriveled mint in my mojitos and that just wouldn’t be good for anybody.
And let’s not forgot about all of the other delicious sounding events and workshops including BBQ School, Bottle Camp and the Battle of the BBQ. All of this, plus live entertainment, makes for a great looking couple of days.
Eat, Drink, Spring runs May 13th and 14th at Festival Plaza in front of City Hall and you can get your tickets online now!
Now, all of this talk about drinking cocktails, patios and entertaining had me dreaming of sitting on a patio sipping on some sort of delicious beverage. So earlier this week I whipped up some Strawberry Mojitos for Byron and I to enjoy while he barbecued up a storm on our condo building’s roof top patio. While it wasn’t that hot outside, the sun was shining and it was great to just get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
- strawberry purrée (alternatively, you could just muddle up some fresh strawberries)
- 2 ounces white rum
- half a lime
- dozen mint leaves
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- soda water
- Cut half a lime into 4 wedges. Squeeze the juice of each wedge into a tall glass and then add the juiced wedges to the same glass.
- Tear about 12 mint leaves into the glass.
- Using a muddler (or a spoon, if you don’t have one) mash up the limes and mint. This would also be a good time to add the strawberries if you are using them rather than the purrée.
- Add 1 ounce of simple syrup, 2 ounces of strawberry puree and 2 ounces of white rum.
- Top with soda water, mix and enjoy.
It was great to get outside and enjoy a delicious cocktail while cooking up some tasty food on the barbecue. This spring-like weather has me super excited for warm weather entertaining and I am really looking forward to finding inspiration at Eat, Drink, Spring next weekend!