Sunday, March 11, 2012

Beatles Themed Party

We recently hosted a Beatles themed cocktail party we called Lucy in the Sky with Cocktails. We served a combination of British food and food with puns related to Beatles songs. The highlight of the night was delicious Earl Gray Martinis featuring gin infused with Earl Gray tea.

Earl Gray Martinis
Makes 3 martinis

6 ounces Earl Gray infused gin (recipe follows)
3 ounces lemon juice
3 ounces simple syrup**
Egg white from one egg

Shake all ingredients in martini shaker with ice. Pour into three martini glasses.

**To make simple syrup, take equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool completely before serving.

Earl Gray Infused Gin
Makes 2 cups

2 cups gin
2 Earl Gray tea bags

1. Pour gin into jar or bowl.
2. Add tea bags and steep for about 4 hours.

Lovely 'Ritas
Makes one pitcher

2 cups orange juice
1 cup sprite
1 cup tequila
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
Lemons, limes, and oranges for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with generous ice

Pimm's Cup is a classic English summer cocktail

Pimm's Cup
Makes one pitcher

1 cup Pimm's Number One
2 cups Sprite
Cucumber, oranges, and mint leaves for garnish

Combine all ingredients in large pitcher with generous ice

We served cucumber sandwiches and ham sandwiches

High Tea Cucumber Sandwiches
Makes 40 sandwiches

20 slices white or wheat sandwich bread
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried onion
1 tablespoon dill
1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper

1. Combine cream cheese, garlic powder, dried onion, dill, salt, and pepper.
2. Spread 1 slice of bread with cream cheese. Top with 4 slices of cucumber and another piece of bread.
3. Cut off crusts of sandwich and cut into four triangular pieces.
4. Repeat with remaining bread slices.

I Am the Egg Man Deviled Eggs
Makes 24 pieces

12 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayo with olive oil
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon paprika, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon red pepper
Salt and pepper

1. Peal eggs.
2. Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks and place in bowl.
3. Stir yolks with mayo, mustard, and spices.
4. Add filling to each egg and top with more paprika.

Other Beatles themed dishes included:

Strawberry Fields--Chocolate covered strawberries

Mean Mr. Mustard--A trio of mustards served with pretzels,
including raspberry, dijon, and chipotle mustards

A platter of English cheeses, including:
Red Dragon, a cheddar cheese with whole grain mustard and ale
Cotswold, a Double Gloucester cheese blended with onions and chives
Grandma Singleton's Stripy Jack, made with 5 English counties cheese


  1. Awesome!! Gosh I have to make it to one of your parties these days!!!


  2. Claire! I made your 'Ritas for my housewarming party the other night and it was a huge hit! I doubled the recipe, but still it all disappeared in the first hour of the party. Delish!

  3. And what a beautiful house it is! Can't wait to see more pictures on facebook.


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