Tick Tock

Photo Courtesy of Travis Magee

Spring decor is often filled with flowers, but with daylight savings time happening in most of the country (not here in Hawaii of course) we like the use of clocks in the decor of these place settings. And while Hawaii doesn't participate in Daylight Savings, we are looking to longer daylight with the Spring Equinox passing.


Fired Up

Photo Courtesy of James S. Wood

Who says fireworks are just for big holidays? We like how these fireworks come from the ground up to light up the venue. Fireworks can be used to either kick off or send off a big event. The lighting on the hall seen here is golden to match the color of the fireworks, however, this could be changed to amplify whatever color of fireworks fit your theme.


Axe to Grind

Epic Axe Throwing Orlando

Axe Throwing is popping up as a popular entertainment venue and great for corporate team building. Wooden targets and guided approved throw axes make for an interesting and memorable event.
Note, this should only be set up and taught by trained professionals.


Shiso Fine

We couldn't resist a little spring green. What makes this non alcoholic drink forward thinking is the shiso mint and rice wine vinegar.

Ingredients
For the Cucumber Vinegar:
1/2 cup sliced cucumber (peel on)
1 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar

For Each Drink:
2 shiso leaves, plus 1 extra for garnish
8 mint leaves
1/4 ounce simple syrup (see note)
3 ounces fresh Granny Smith apple juice (see note)
1 ounce Cucumber Vinegar
1/4 ounce fresh juice from 1 lime

Directions

For the Cucumber Vinegar: In a small bowl, combine cucumbers and rice wine vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes, then strain. Reserve Cucumber Vinegar for cocktails, and serve cucumber slices as a snack, if desired.

For Each Drink: Add shiso, mint, and simple syrup to a highball glass. Muddle, pressing gently, until mint fragrance is noticeable; do not tear or mash the leaves. Add apple juice, cucumber vinegar, and lime juice and fill glass with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 10 seconds. Garnish with shiso leaf and serve immediately.

Notes
A juicer is the easiest way to make fresh green apple juice. 1 whole juiced Granny Smith apple will provide enough juice for each cocktail. If you don't have access to a juicer, though, you can use a blender. Add two ounces water to a blender, then add 1 chopped unpeeled apple gradually to the blender. (As the apple blends, more liquid will be available to help the mixture blend smoothly.) Blend until uniform, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Use immediately.
To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.