Bliadhna mhath ùr to you all! Happy Hogmanay! I hope you had a wonderful New Year.
My apologies for being a day late with this post — I wanted to get it up for Hogmanay — but holiday celebrations and travel seem to have gotten the best of me.
Or maybe it was the Cherry Bounce…after all, we had quite a party, didn’t we?
Jane was the first to arrive, and she brought along a little light reading to pass the time. (I’d like to know how long she held that tome aloft with just one hand…Jane, you’ve got stronger wrists than I.)
I love the crystal goblet — you really know how to showcase your Bounce!
Debbie stopped in to say hi from her penthouse in Paris. That’s some view, Debbie! 😉
Lori and John checked in from Down South…their bounce was made from a very old bottle of hooch that Lori came across in the back of the liquor cabinet.
With a few cherries, some lemon zest and a little sugar, hooch became red gold. (Although Lori says it peaked about a month ago…it grows more Robitussiny with each day.)
Drink up, kids!
Karin and her beau dropped in for a wee nip.
Katie says hi from Colorado!
Kim, Debbie and Rosie shared some rather large glasses of bounce. I wonder how they felt the next morning. 😀
Party on, ladies!
Marlen donned the cutest wee New Year’s hat I’ve ever seen and checked in with her delicately coloured Bounce that coordinates beautifully with her hair, and that sprig of green sets it all on fire!
(I love this pic…can you tell?)
Meghann’s passed by with her Bounce, which was a little darker than Marlen’s…I love how everyone’s batch is a little different.
Recipes are guidelines, not blueprints. Add a little flair here and there, and make every dish your own.
Back to the party!
Anita was feeling a little camera shy, so she sent her man around to say hi. He looks like he’s enjoying his Bounce!
Misty sent us all a cup of good cheer from her corner of the world.
I can’t get over what a beautiful group of people we have at this Kitchen party!
Teresa gathered round the Christmas tree to enjoy her Bounce.
Suzanne and her hubby seemed to have a great time at the Bounce party…I think we all did!
Pamela put a little Bounce in her step with her batch.
She even has a shot glass with her own name on it! I like this woman already.
I enjoyed the Bounce too. Almost a little too much.
So, the next day, I invented a little hair of the dog that I have to say is pretty darn good. I dropped an ounce of Bounce into a glass of cold, crisp cider and imbibed to take the (minor) hurt away.
Delicious and invigorating! You can’t ask for much more from your Bounce.
After much discussion on the OK Facebook page, this is provisionally named a Cider Bounce. Unless you’ve got a better idea…?
The last guest to stop by was Ånnika, all the way from Sweden. Don’t you love her book nook?
Ånnika has been an enthusiastic supporter of The Great Cherry Bounce Experiment from the very beginning, and sent me a picture at each stage of her process. Always well composed, colourful and really rather pretty!
Because of that, I’ve decided to award her with the prize for the best Bounce Party picture. Ånnika, please email me with your address to outlanderkitchen (at) shaw.ca, and I will send you your prize, a set of two whisky glasses.
Which leads us to the big announcement.
Who won this copy of the 25th Anniversary Outlander, signed by Herself?
Congratulations to Rebecca N! Please email me with your address to outlanderkitchen (at) shaw.ca, and I will send you your fabulous prize ASAP.
Thank you to everyone who joined in The Great Cherry Bounce Experiment! Did you enjoy a batch? I’d love to know what you thought and whether you’ll be doing it again next year. Leave a comment down below!