Posts Labeled ‘cocktail’

Warm Winter Cocktails

We’ve had a snowy week here in DC. Just the perfect weather for sitting inside and sipping a warm winter cocktail.

 

The Blizzard Cocktail via MarthaStewart.com

 

The classic Hot Toddy gets a bit of a face lift with the addition of orange juice and cinnamon via DivineCarline.com

 

It just simply wouldn't be Christmas without a glass of mulled wine, via Williams-Sonoma.com

 

Why not drink your wintery treat in this Veronese Hot Toddy Glass

1920′s-Inspired Signature Drinks

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby provides a luscious, opulent perspective of the 1920′s. Influencing fashion, events, and decor, the movie gives a fresh take on 1920′s flair. As you consider your signature drink for cocktail hour, keep in mind these revamped classics.

French 75 - lemon, gin, and simple syrup topped off with champagne, via Epicurious, Photo Credit Elizabeth Perrin

 

Bee's Knees

Gin, honey and lemon combine to make the Bee's Knees, via LA Weekly, photo credit Eric Alperin

 

Southside Cocktail Recipe

Gin meets lime, mint and seltzer to create a refreshing Southside, via Inspired Taste

 

Highball

With a wide variety of options, the Highball offers a classic your guests will love, via Time Out Chicago, photo credit Martha Williams

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

Champagne mix-ins

fun mix-in ideas from Better Homes and Gardens

I made a classic champagne punch for a dinner party the other night and it was a big hit. Champagne (or prosecco for that matter) makes for such a festive start to a party. You can make a punch, or a classic champagne cocktail like a French 75, or offer mix-ins for guests to create their own bubbly beverage. This list of mix-ins from Better Homes and Gardens has some delicious options.

Cheers!

Cranberry-Cherry: Combine 3 cups cranberry juice, 1/4 cup Triple Sec, and 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice. For each serving, pour about 1/4 cup cranberry juice mixture into each champagne glass. Add about 1/4 cup Champagne, filling glass nearly to the top. Gently stir with an up- and-down motion to mix the drink without destroying the carbonation of the Champagne.

Gordal/QueenLavender Syrup: Heat equal parts sugar and water slowly in a saucepan to dissolve sugar. After the sugar dissolves and while the mixture is still hot, add a pinch of lavender; cover and steep up to 2 hours. Strain the syrup through a sieve. Refrigerate in a sealed container. Add a one-count pour into a flute of Champagne and add a lavender flower head as a stir stick.

Citrus Punch: Stir together one bottle of Champagne, 3/4 cup pineapple juice, one bottle of dry white wine, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Place a sugar cube in each champagne flute and top with the Champagne mixture.

Cranberry Juice: Place one sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry juice over the top, and fill each glass with Champagne. Finish with a wooden skewer of fresh cranberries as a stir stick.

Pomegranate Juice: Splash 1 ounce of chilled pomegranate juice into 3 ounces of chilled Champagne. Float pomegranate seeds in champagne flutes, if desired.

Peach Puree: In a blender, combine one package of thawed frozen peaches with 1/4 cup sugar; blend until smooth. Stir in 2-1/2 cups orange juice and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice. Stir with a bottle of Champagne.

Ginger-Infused Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup light-color corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and 3 tablespoons finely snipped crystallized ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup vodka; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Strain to remove the candied ginger; discard ginger. Add a one-count pour into a flute of Champagne.

Brandy-Soaked Pomegranate Seeds: Soak pomegranate seeds in brandy for 4 hours. Float in a flute of Champagne.

Bellini Bar

At our recent New Year’s Day brunch, we set out a bellini bar for our guests to enjoy. Bellinis are a perfect brunch beverage and setting up a make-your-own bellini station allows guests to create the drink to their taste.

I followed Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for the fruit purées and offered peach, strawberry, and blueberry. A note to those who may wish to try this — blueberry was not very popular! I’d suggest blood orange or lemon as an alternative.

Set out a little sign indicating what the bar is and how to create the drink, and put labels in front of each purée so guests know what they are pouring. Many thanks to Jennifer Olmstead of Deleted Space Creative for the design of the sign and labels.

Cheers!

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.