Posts Labeled ‘beverage’

Unique Groomsmen Gifts

It is always nice to show the people who have been there for you throughout the wedding process a little thanks when your day has come. The easiest way to do this is give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a small gift as a token of your appreciation for their support. Your bridesmaids will always love a little piece of jewelry to remind them of your day, but what do you get the groomsmen? Real Simple came up with a list of unique groomsmen gifts and here are a couple of my favorites.

Turf Coaster Set

This is the perfect gift for the groomsmen who love to play golf. The coasters covered in grass looking turf will keep his coffee table ring-free while sticking with his sporty style!

Barrel Aged Cocktail Kit

This is another great groomsmen gift for the guys who like to party. This set comes with the bottle, honeycomb staves and instructions on how to make his own personalized drink!

Delicious Champagne Punch

I had a small soiree at my house last night and served appetizers and a selection of desserts. I always try to offer a special cocktail in addition to wine, water, and nonalcoholic beverages. Last night, I was inspired to do a champagne punch to complement the menu and found this delicious recipe on Epicurious. It does pack a wallop, but it is really festive and tasty. It would be beautiful served in this silver-banded punch bowl from Williams-Sonoma.

Silver-rimmed punch bowl from Williams-Sonoma

Valentine’s Day Ice Cubes

Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.

 

Pomegranate Heart Ice Cubes

You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!

 

“New Year, New Uses”

REAL SIMPLE featured a post titled “New Year New Uses,” which I loved. It explains how common household items can be transformed into something new and awesome! There are several in the article worth checking out but below are a few of my favorites.

Baby Oil to Detangle Necklaces

One of the most frustrating things for me is when my necklaces get tangled! I can never seem to untangle them myself. Easy solution: rub a small amount of baby oil into the knot and work it free with a straight pin.

Holiday Lights as a Night Light

This is a fun, quirky way to use your holiday lights year round. Simply get any size Mason jar and fill it with battery powered holiday lights. This cute night light can be used anywhere around your home to add spark.

Lollipops as Cocktail Stirrers

Maybe it is because I am a kid at heart but I love the idea of using lollipops as cocktail stirrers. Pick a flavor or color that compliments the cocktail being served. Your guests will love this fun twist on a childhood favorite!

Mix it Up!

Mixers are key to making any good cocktail, which is why when I came across Fever Tree beverages I was pretty sure I hit the goldmine. This London-based company specializes in mixers like club soda and tonic water as well as sips such as ginger beer and ginger ale. I have not tried them yet, but as I understand it, their Fever Tree Lemon Tonic Water makes a mean gin and tonic.

The beverages are now available on Amazon.

 

Fever Tree Beverages

Tea Forte cocktail infusions

Tea Forte, well-known for its delicious assortment of tea flavors, is now branching out into the world of mixology. They offer several different infusion flavors that quickly turn a regular cocktail into something fresh and creative. Simply pour alcohol over the infuser, wait for it to steep, and get ready for a delicious beverage.

Their Mixology Set, with two infusion chambers, eight infusers, and a recipe booklet would make a great holiday gift.

Mix Up Your Champagne With Flavored Lollipops

Here’s a playful twist on flavoring champagne. While I love a good Kir Royale, these flavored lollipops allow you to stir in different flavors of choice. Using corn syrup and flavored extracts you can make lollipops in traditional circles or a fun shape like a heart or star.

Note that you’ll need to make sure that the lollipop stick is proportional to your glass. Here they use a stemless flute paired perfectly with a long stick. Other glasses might require different length sticks.

Martha Stewart's liqueur lollipops

 

Quench your Summer Thirst

photo by Meg Runion

 

When I opened the door to take the dog for a walk today, a wall of blazing heat hit me and I realized… summertime is upon us!

Keep your guests cool this summer with refreshing drinks like lemonade and iced tea. I love this display from Shannon and Darren’s wedding — particularly because they offered mint green tea instead of regular which added  a little pizazz.

Here are some fun recipes — some “full test,” others not — to serve this summer:

 

Stay cool out there!

Take a shot

These ice shot glasses from The Spoon Sisters would be so fun to use at a party. Greet guests with a shot of a fun, festive drink; serve gazpacho shooters as an hors d’oeuvre; or fill the “glass” with cold milk to serve with cookies at the end of the night. The possibilities are endless!

Now let’s raise our [ice] glasses!

ice shot glasses from Spoon Sisters

Kickin’ up the hot cocoa

It’s getting downright chilly outside. On cold days like this nothing is more heavenly than cozying up to a fire with some cocoa in hand. These three cocoa recipes from around the Web are a great excuse to strike a match.

Ferrero Flip by Sweet Paul; photo by Hector Sanchez via Sweet Paul

Mexican Hot Cocoa via Epicurious; photo by Sang An via Epicurious

Giada De Laurentiis' Hot Chocolate Bar via Food Network