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Labour Day Weekend Entertaining...


Ok…we’re going to say it… It’s the beginning of the end of summer! So, let’s take summer out with a bang shall we? Whether you’ve got low key plans with friends and family in the backyard or going all out with camping, glamping or time at the cottage, beach or lake this coming Labour Day weekend, we’ve got some entertaining ideas that are EASY and DELISH!

Cottage Life | The Kip Lin Cocktail

It’s 5pm somewhere right? so let’s start with the cocktails. We were so inspired by a recipe in the summer issue of Cottage Life magazine that we decided to test drive it ourselves and we can say without a doubt – it’s a winner!

The Kip Lin – is a 50/50 mix of your favourite golden beer + tonic water.

What we used:
Black Swan Brewery’s Road Trip with our favourite Fever-Tree Tonic Water. Light, fresh and goes down easy. We carry a great assortment of Fever-Tree premium mixes like Elderflower Tonic, Mediterranean Tonic and Ginger Beer to name a few. 

Looking for a mocktail of choice – we sampled a few but kept coming back to this thing of beauty and deliciousness. ¾ Fever-Tree Tonic Water + ¼ The Farm Juice Co.’s Beauty Tonic. Just about as reFRESHing as you can get! Perfect for the kiddos too!

Farm Juice Co. Stratford
Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Danica Swan Coasters Set of 4, marimekko paper napkins, govino shatterless champagne flutes. 

Who’s hungry?

Simple appetizers and platters are the NAME of the GAME. And we love our Robert Rothschild dips and spreads for impressing our guests, plus it travels super easy and also makes great hostess gifts! We recommend warming up our Robert Rothschild artichoke and spinach dip in one of our Staub cast iron pots and serving with baked pita chips + crudité. Just about as crowd pleasing (and simple) as you can get!

Staub Cast Iron Cocotte and Robert Rothschild Gourmet Food Items
Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Staub cast iron cocotte, Robert Rothschild gourmet food items.

BBQing doesn’t have to be fancy to be amazing. Apple Wood Chips are prized in the culinary world for their unique scent and flavoring they add to your meats. Perfect for pork chops or sausages on the barbeque.

WINGS + KABOBS! If you are barbequing chicken this weekend – try our Rufus Teague Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce! We did, and well…there was nothing left to take a picture of… our bad.

Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Outset Cast Iron Smoking Box, Ototo Grizzly Bear Trivet, Rufus Teague Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce

Grilled Caesar Salad was an internet trend we decided to try… 

Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Delmonicos Restaurant Caesar Salad Dressing, Once Upon a Tree live edge walnut wood serving board

This is how we did it...

Prep / Cut romaine stocks in half lengthways

Brush with / Oil + salt + pepper + fresh chopped rosemary

Grill on each side (stay close!) for about 5-8mins.

Take off grill and drizzle with our tried and true Delmonicos Restaurant Signature Caesar salad dressing.

Insider Tip: Our neighbours at Mercer Beer Hall make an incredible Grilled Caesar salad as well at the BEST EVER Halloumi Salad with grilled romaine and house made hummus. 

Next up, keep it simple with fresh tomato salad from the garden or our local fave The Little Green Grocery.

Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Ironwood Acacia Salt Cellar, Sal de Ibiza Fleur de Sel

Did you know the right finishing salt MAKES tomatoes just melt in your mouth!! Our favorite is our Sal de Ibiza fleur de sel. Mix with fresh basil and shaved parm and drizzle with your favourite olive oil.

Did someone say dessert?!

Featured products in this shot - all available at Bradshaws: Once Upon a Tree live edge walnut wood serving board, Robert Rothschild Organic Hot Cherry Merlot Dip

SIMPLE & EASY idea is store bought ice-cream – our choice was coconut milk ice cream bars and drizzle our Robert Rothschild Hot Cherry Merlot…or try the Salted Caramel. Top with crushed pistachios or whatever you like and enjoy!

Whatever your plans are for the coming holiday weekend Bradshaws wishes you a safe and happy Labour Day Weekend!

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Saturday 9:30am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
Monday 11am-5pm