Cooking

Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.


Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice

Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

Are you enjoying our version of the French 75 cocktail? Share your thoughts with us, email us at hello@tablecrafter.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Cooking

Saucey: Classic Lemon Curd

Saucey is a Tablecrafter series on inventing and modifying sauces, packaging them, and recommending pairings.


Who doesn't love this thick, soft, and velvety cream that anybody can put together with ease? This versatile dessert requires only eggs, sugar, salt, lemon juice, and butter. Unbelievably quick and easy to make, homemade lemon curd is so much more tasty than the commercial sort (these contain additional preservatives and thickening agents to preserve shelf life). You'll never buy jarred lemon curd again.

Lemon curd infuses piquancy into scones, pastries, and tarts with its intense flavor, thanks to its citrus juice. Add it to that pancake you're having for breakfast or mix it with your favorite yogurt. It's also good enough to eat straight from the jar.

Classic Lemon Curd

Yield: 2½ cups, estimated
Time: 20 minutes (10 for prep / 10 for cooking)


Ingredients:

  • ½ cup lemon juice, about 34 lemons
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ tsp salt

Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly until the mixture becomes homogenous.
  2. Add the lemon mixture into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Constantly whisk the mixture over low heat.
  3. Cook the curd until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and begins to turn translucent, about 8–10 minutes.
  4. Strain through a sieve.
  5. Reserve in sterilized jars. Refrigerate for up to one week. 

Here's a treat for you: we're giving out our packaging design for free. If you want to share your homemade lemon curd with family and friends, this will make a great personalized and handcrafted gift. Download our design here.

How's your Lemon Curd coming along? Send us a photo to hello@tablecrafter.com or tag us on Instagram. We'd love to see your work.