Cocktails On Cannon: Just Add Sugar

Just a few weeks ago, a trifecta of sweet ladies descended on our shop on Charleston and mixed up a whimsical champagne cocktail. Arielle Stratton of Pure Fluff brought her cotton candy cart while Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender and Kelly Harrold of Paper Meets Pearl worked the bar. Can I please have Arielle park her cotton candy cart outside every day? She just fits right in!

The girls used bubbly from One Hope. They give a percentage of their proceeds back to local charities, which makes it all the sweeter!

-cotton candy (we used an organic mint flavor from PURE fluff Co.)
-bubbly (One Hope brut)
-elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
Put some cotton candy into your glass- anything from a pinch to a handful- then add a splash of elderflower liqueur.  Fill the rest of the glass with bubbly and watch your cocktail mix itself as the cotton candy dissolves. Sweet and entertaining!

photo credit: Rachel Red Photography
cotton candy: Pure Fluff Co.
hand lettering on acrylic: The Town Serif
entertaining and glassware: Open Door Shop
bar cart: Society Social

A Perfect Easter Brunch Cocktail

When I was in my early twenties living in New York City, my friends and I started to feel a little bit nostalgic for our childhood traditions as the reality of adulthood was setting in. So, one Easter, we collaborated on an Easter party with friends and threw an epic brunch at our friend and consummate hostess Annie Campbell’s beautiful Nolita apartment. It was a perfect crisp, sunny New York spring afternoon and the brunch party lasted well into the evening. Ever since then, I have been totally enamored with Easter Brunch. I asked Annie, who not surprisingly is well known L.A. for her amazing food and party planning skills, for to suggest a go-to Easter cocktail.

(Image via. rip & tan)

I tend to gravitate towards champagne cocktails, but at an often co-ed event like at Easter brunch champagne cocktails in a delicate glass are not everyone’s cup of tea. So, Annie offered the unexpectedly perfect suggestion of a The Garden Pimm’s Cup, a refreshing garden-inspired spring cocktail:

INGREDIENTS (two servings, multiply as needed) 

for the simple syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water 

for the cocktail:
3 strawberries, muddled, plus extras for garnish
3 slices of cucumber, muddled, plus spears for garnish
1.5 ounce lemon juice
1.5 ounce simple syrup
3 ounces Pimm’s
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
rosemary or thyme sprigs, for garnish  

to make the simple syrup:  

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir, dissolving sugar into the water. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and let cool. Transfer simple syrup into a bottle. Can be refrigerated for up to a month.

to prepare the cocktail: 

Preparation is key to cocktail making. Always have all elements of the cocktail prepped and labeled in advance of the party. All elements can be put into pretty glass bottles, alongside a recipe card for guests to make their own cocktails. 

to make the cocktail:

Combine strawberry, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup and Pimm’s with a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Top with a splash of Bundaberg ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry, slice of cucumber and sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme.

TIPS: Simple syrup can be made well in advanced and kept refrigerated for up to a month. Lemon juice can be squeezed a couple of days in advance and kept in the refrigerator

Serve this refreshing spring cocktail, long with one of Annie’s signature Easter dessert bars (pictured above) – you almost don’t need a main course! Follow along on Annie’s instagram (@annielcampbell) for more entertaining goodness.

Bubbly Amor With The Cocktail Bandits

Last week I asked the Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves of The Cocktail Bandits to stop by Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston to share a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail recipe with us. For those of you who don’t know them, The Cocktail Bandits made a name for themselves in Charleston on the bar scene frequently showing up to report on parties and events of the cocktail variety. That quickly evolved into a more comprehensive blog and instagram presence where they regularly discuss cocktail recipes, host events and educate their followers on libations. While these girls are serious about their cocktails they are also laid back and fun to hang out with. I loved watching them pile on the jewelry as they put on a little music and mixed up ta few “Bubbly Amors” during an early happy hour at our shop last Friday!

I especially like this drink because it was strong, pretty and fruity without being too sweet. Garnish it it with some heart shaped lollipops and it will be a seasonal favorite. Here is the recipe and having some vintage champagne coupes to serve it in doesn’t hurt either. All photos by Clay Austin Photography.

The Bubbly Amor

Muddled Strawberries
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz honey simple syrup
Pour in Champagne flute and top with bubbly.
Garnish with strawberry and heart lollipop.

Big thanks to The Cocktail Bandits for sharing their afternoon and their cocktail knowledge with us! Be sure to follow along on their blog and Instagram account for more of their cocktailing adventures.