5 alcohol free cocktails (mocktails) that can be served happily at a private dining event.

Private dining offers excellent opportunities for demonstrating skills in the art of meals and drinks and fun alcohol-free cocktails are fun but also nutritious.

 

5 Alcohol-Free Cocktails (mocktails) that can be Served happily at a Private Dining Event

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Doesn’t a succulent roast look all the more appetizing when surrounded by shiny glasses of tempting cocktail drinks? The truth is, modern dinners have all but dispensed with the old custom of serving a different wine with each course. Remember that wines aren’t complementary to all foods, but mocktails mystify the palate, being somewhat unidentifiable but wonderfully refreshing and exciting.

 

No More Worrying about Lurid Behaviour

 

The benefits of these non-alcoholic cocktails is that you never have to worry about some of the side effects that alcoholic cocktails have on some guests. Mocktails are a fun way to ensure that everyone at the table can enjoy the same drinks, even the kids.

 

Hydrating and nutritious, if you opt to have your private function at the K West Hotel & Spa, you’ll discover that the secret of an enjoyable dinner with private dining West London is the atmosphere at the table – lighthearted. There are even some health gurus at the K West hotel who believe that everyone should leave a place where they gained something instead of losing something – often their dignity.

 

♦ Shirley Ginger

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4 cups Brooklyn Crafted Lemon-Lime Ginger Beer

Lime rounds

1 cup club soda or seltzer water

.25 cup grenadine

3 tbsp lime juice

Maraschino cherries

Ice

Method:

Simply stir club soda, lime juice, ginger beer grenadine in a jug and pour into garnished glasses with ice. Put a couple of cherries amongst the ice.

 

 

♦Hot Apple Cider

10 oz apple cider

1 tsp pumpkin butter

Method:

Heat the apple cider and stir in pumpkin butter and garnish with some cinnamon.

 

♦Virgin Watermelon Margarita

1 watermelon, cut into chunks

.5 cup fresh lime juice plus 5 tbsp sparkling water

4 tsp agave

Method:

Puree your watermelon chunks to produce 4 cups of puree. Add lime juice and agave and mix. Pour into 4 glasses and top up with sparkling water.

 

♦Strawberry Chamomile ‘Maritini’

1 oz elderflower cordial

.5 oz ginger juice and .5oz of simple syrup

4 oz chamomile

5 mint leaves

1 strawberry

Orange and lemon wedge

Method:

Mix strawberry with ginger and simple syrup and add elderflower, chamomile and mint leaves along with the orange and lemon wedge. Add ice and shake. Strain and pour into cocktail glasses.

 

♦Wildcat Cooler

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1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup blueberries

Juice of 1 lemon

Method:

Place the sugar, water and blueberries in a large saucepan and boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and put the solids to one side. Place crushed ice in a glass right to the top. Pour lemon juice in. Pour 1 oz blueberry syrup into the glass. Fill the glass slowly with water.

 

A Special Sparkle

Not hard to make, you can share some special sparkle with these non-alcoholic cocktails, especially when the private dining is in a beautiful setting.

 

The History of Oxford Street

What is Oxford Street?

Oxford Street is an extensive road in the popular area of Westminister, London. It runs from Tottenham Court Road through to Marble Arch alongside Oxford Circus. With around an amazing half a million daily visitors, Oxford Street is Europes busiest shopping street and one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit. It is home to a wide range of department stores and high-end retail outlets. Every Christmas, Oxford Street will put up Christmas Lights and organise a yearly display for tourists to watch the Christmas light switch on. The first display to ever happen was in 1959 and it has grown in popularity year on year.

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History

Oxford Street follows the fascinating route of a Roman road that became one of the major routes in and out of the city. Between the 12th century and 1782, Oxford Street was known as Tyburn Road, Worcester Road, Oxford Road, and Uxbridge Road. A major route to London, there are several interesting obstacles along the road including the big bridge over the Tyburn! It was also known for prisoners public hangings for those who were in Newgate prison. Now there is a small round stone in the ground that marks the location of the tree they were hung from. In the 1730s, a turnpike was established to improve the upkeep of the road. In the 18th century, development began after many large surrounding fields were purchased by the Earl of Oxford. The street became extremely popular for entertainment including theatres, public houses, and bear-baiters. Towards the end of the 19th century, Oxford Street changed from predominantly residential, to retail.

Many furniture and cobbler stores began to open up on Oxford Street and some expanded into the country’s first department store.

In 1864, John Lewis opened up a small shop whilst Selfridges opened in 1909. By the 1930s, the street was almost full of retail shops. It still remains retail to this day. During World War Two, Oxford Street was targeted and bombed in the early hours of the 17th September 1940 during the blitz. Many of the buildings were damaged through subsequent fires or direct hits. Four department stores were hit including Selfridges, John Lewis, Peter Robinson, and Bourne & Hollingsworth. Until the war ended, it remained as a bomb site. The stores were completely demolished and rebuild from scratch.

During September 1973, a shopping-bag bomb was set off, injuring 6 people and causing a whopping £1.5 million of damage.

Further development and investment in the area has resulted in Oxford Street becoming one of the shopping capitals of the world, with some of the best known department stores and some of the best 5 star Hotel in London, as the Royal Lancaster London.

Why is getting married in Bangkok so popular?

Choosing where to get married should be fun and exciting, not stressful. This article is going to explore why Bangkok is a favorite with many happy couples.

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Bangkok- The Heart of Thailand

Thailand is known for having a rich culture full of serenity and beauty. Tropical heats are boasted all year round, even in the British winter. Monsoon season covers most of the British summer months making a November – March wedding the best for outdoor wedding plans. Bankok is one of the worlds most visited tourist destinations and is truly unique, just like your eternal love. Among Bangkok’s well-known sights are the Grand Palace and major Buddhist temples, river cruises along the canals and museums. Charming, bustling and beautiful, Bangkok is the perfect place for a wedding.

 

Accommodation- Luxury When You Deserve it Most

 

There are many stunning and luxurious hotel options to choose from. Many of them have enviable ratings and first-class hospitality. For that important first night as a married unit, Bangkok has you covered. Hotels such as the Lancaster Bangkok Hotel will give you an authentic Thai experience while going above and beyond to make your stay magical. Guests also have lots to choose from for every budget.

 

Other Considerations- Things That Make Bangkok a Great City

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Bangkok has a very low risk of natural disasters, and it has a fairly moderate crime rate which compared to other major cities is a major weight off your mind. Transport is brilliant with access to buses, taxis, water travel, trains, and two major airports. This means that planned correctly you can visit everywhere you would like to within your stay. Within the bustling city life are many parks and tourist hot spots which are a perfect respite when you need to indulge in more natural surroundings. The architecture of many Bangkok buildings are mesmerising and add something extra special to the charm of traditional Thai culture.

 

Afterthoughts- Wedding and Honeymoon Destination in One Place

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While Bangkok is established as a perfect wedding destination it is also a great place to have a honeymoon. Also, it is possible to travel to more remote parts of Thailand from Bangkok, this saves time and money because you are already in the country. This enchanting country could happily play host to all your wildest dreams and desires.

 

In Summary

 

Bangkok has it all, Sun, culture, and luxury. Make the celebration of love a memorable event not only for yourselves but also for your guests. Friends and relatives will be talking about this destination for decades to come and with it the memory of the love that brought everyone together. What could be more perfect than that?

Five traditional meals you must try in Florence

 

If you want to have the taste of best meals when visiting Florence, look for the best traditional meals and you won’t be disappointed…

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Florence is well known in Europe for keeping its culture and traditions alive. Italian foods are widely produced cuisines in the whole world and this gives people an expectation of what to find not knowing there are more than what we have experienced from the outer world. These facts are distorted for there are so many variables such as the person who introduced the meals to your country, the experience of the person cooking that meal and also basic things like the ingredients used, flavour and recipes. Italian foods are also divided according to regions, where each region specializes with their different meals. In Florence, the cooking is quite unique from the whole country. While staying at Fibnb apartments you can  enjoy the best restaurants where you can try all these traditional meals.

 

The Best Traditional Meals to Enjoy in Florence

 

Florence has some of the best traditional meals you should definitely try out. These traditional dishes are unique for they can only be found in Florence and this will help you know the kind of foods you should try to have the best experience, knowledge of real Italian dishes and to enjoy your stay in Florence. With the meals mentioned in this article, your stay can never go wrong in the city. One of the best traditional meals is Trippa & Lampredotto; this is kind of a dish you can find in all streets for it is one of the easy-to-eat local dishes. The recipe is traditional which includes the use of various pieces of meat.

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Crostini Neri this is another traditional dish you should try, for it’s very popular in Florence. It is made with liver paté, which is basically chicken; this dish is one of the best. It is made with lots of creativity where the cook can add different things in it such as slices of toasted bread. Truffle Gnocchi adds flavour even to the blandest dishes, it is served in creamy sauce plus truffle seasoning and Gorgonzola cheese. It is one of the most valued ingredients, and you can find it in Florence restaurants and this should be in your list of must taste.

 

Bistecca alla Fiorentina is one of the best dishes for those who love meat and it’s very unique. The steak must come from a specific type of cow which is Chianina cow. Each side is cooked in 3 to 5 minutes on both sides where it is served as T-bone thick and slightly two-inches thick. Zuppa di Fagioli is the best meal when you don’t want to eat meat. It is made of beans soup made from olive oil, tomatoes, cannellini beans, and herbs.

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Embrace yourself and start trying out the most terrific traditional meals in Florence. There is so much to the list and even better, you can decide to accompany the meal with the best Florentine wines.