A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a weekend brunch with Minute Maid Lights. It was fah-bu-lous, dah-ling! You know what they say… ladies who brunch enjoy the punch… or in this case, the hand-crafted Minute Maid Lights Mimosas personalized with flair and flourish.
(FYI – I totally just made up that saying, just because I have a strange need to make words rhyme. I’m a poet and I want everyone to know it! Okay, moving on….)
Introducing Minute Maid Light Light Orange Juice Beverage. It’s made with the goodness of Minute Maid but with 50% fewer calories than their regular orange juice – yet still provides an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Minute Maid Light Lemonade is made with real lemons, is an excellent source of Vitamin C and has 65% fewer calories than their regular lemonade. It’s the goodness of Minute Maid, now in a delicious Light version.
What can you do with Minute Maid Light Lemonade? Well, you *could* enjoy it straight from the carton, as it happens to be super tangy and refreshing, but I’d rather see you whip up some Lemon Ginger Punch. (Recipe to come, folks! Plus a sweet little giveaway.) Pictured above is the “adult version” with added Pimm’s – yum!
Back to our brunch. The “Cocktails and Creations” event included a very special cocktail demo with sassy food expert Nadine Hughes, who happens to be my favourite mixologist too. You can just see her lovely face peeking out from behind the flowers.
(Side note: this would be a great time to give a shout out to the brand team at Minute Maid, who literally made Pinterest come to life with their inspiring decor. You’ll see what I mean in the photos to come! And you’ll want to steal some of their ideas for your next brunch, too – like these citrus place card holders.)
Just before our guests arrived, I had a chance to marvel at the stunning DIY Mimosa Bar, starring Minute Maid Lights. From berries to basil, sparkling water to sparkling wine, it was sure to be a hit. With the bustling lights and sounds of Toronto’s Dundas Street in the background, our little brunch space was an urban oasis.
Once we were settled, it was time to begin the cocktail demos. In a very intimate setting, Nadine took us through the steps, creating a Toasted Coconut Orange Macarooni, Blueberry Lemon Popsicles and of course, the famed Lemon Ginger Punch.
I suppose if there was one takeaway from the cocktail demonstration, it would be that creating gorgeous-looking, delicious-tasting and über-creative mixed drinks is actually very simple. Truly, it’s easier than you think! All you need is a little imagination, a knowledge of complementary flavours, and in our case, an expert like Nadine Hughes to show you the way! Now wouldn’t you be the talk of the town if you served an Orange Macarooni at your party?
After the cocktails demos, our guests were free to create their very own Minute Maid Lights Mimosa. And after one glance at the DIY station, you’ll agree that the options were virtually limitless. Strawberry and basil lemonade? How about a raspberry and mint mimosa? Or my favourite combination – a mixed fruit lemonade with rosemary and sparkling water. Crazy, right? But so good!
Our guests – local influencers from the food, fashion and lifestyle scene – took turns preparing their signature beverage, which would complement the upcoming sit-down brunch at L’Ouvrier Restaurant. Everyone got into the spirit, and if you followed the #MinuteMaidLights hashtag on Instagram or Twitter, you’d find quite the assortment of inspired mixed drinks!
It was time to sit down to a light, scrumptious brunch with friends. What a wonderful way to celebrate the first day of summer! Good food, good friends and great cocktails, thanks to Minute Maid Lights.
A very special thank you to Minute Maid for collaborating with me on this event, to Nadine Hughes who served up delicious summer concoctions, and of course, to all the guests who made the event a success! Stay tuned – I’ll be back to share the recipe for Lemon Ginger Punch, and serve up a juicy summer giveaway!