Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Sweet and simple elderflower syrup mixed with the bold rush of fresh squeezed blood orange juice takes your average gin drink and kicks it up a few notches. A couple of drops of our loyal friend, St. Germain, makes this drink a little too easy to go down. Not to mention, your guests will love to watch the bartender pour bright red OJ on top and make colorful clouds inside each glass.

 

Ingredients:
1oz gin

¾ oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)

½ oz lime juice

2 ½ oz blood orange juice

 

In a glass, combine gin, St. Germain, lime juice, and ginger ale. Top glass with ice. Slowly pour in blood orange juice. Garnish with orange slices and lemon thyme sprigs. Serve immediately and drink up!

 

 

 

 

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Stone fruit season reintroduces a classic favorite back into our lives and we welcome it with open arms. Combine the flavors of a late spring evening with fresh juice lemon, plum slices, and garden-picked thyme. Grab your favorite (and biggest) glass, fill it up, and come meet us by the garden.

Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients: 
2 plums

6 thyme sprigs

Juice from 1 lemon

4 tbsp thyme simple syrup (1/2c sugar, 1/2c water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprig, stir and cool)

1 bottle of Prosecco 


Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule



Apple, ginger, and cranberry don’t usually scream “summer wedding cocktail,” but this will be the drink all your guests will be talking about. It might feel like a hot summers night outside, but with this cocktail in hand, you and your guests won’t be bothered by the temps one bit. Drink up!

Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients: 

Ice

4oz vodka

¼ cup cranberry juice
½ cup sparkling apple juice

2 ginger beers

Fresh cranberries for garnish

Fill two large glasses with ice. Add the vodka and cranberry juice. Then add the sparkling apple juice and fill the glasses the rest of the way with ginger beer. Stir to combine and then serve immediately. Cheers!

Sweet Georgia Peach



Nothing amps up a summer cocktail like the addition of perfectly ripe peach slices. The delicate flavor of a sweet Georgia peach effortlessly pairs with the bold taste of whiskey. Just the right amount of sweet and sour here balanced out like yin and yang. Like bride and groom.

Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients: 
2oz Whiskey or Bourbon
3 slices peach
1tsp Lemon juice
1oz simple syrup
1 splash seltzer water

Fill glass with crushed ice. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, then shake and strain into glass. Top off with a splash of seltzer water and garnish with peach slices! Enjoy!  

Peach, Rose and Raspberry Sangria

We are swooning over this Sangria recipe from Heather Cristo. It is almost sangria season afterall!

 

Peach, Rose and Raspberry Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle really chilled Prosecco

4ounces brandy (I used Peach Brandy)

2 tablespoons rose water

1 cup raspberries

1 white peach (or nectarine) finely sliced

1 roses petals Instructions

 

Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and chill. Serve cold.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Tablescape Tuesday: Shades of Blush and Orange Sherbet

Leave it to the experts at Winston Flowers to completely brighten our day with this playful, light, and airly tablescape. All the right textures shine from blush garden roses to utterly edible-looking sherbet rununculus and parrot tulips. Add in some rose hips and jasmine vine for extra sass, and a milky, minty upright collection of vases to give everything height. The fruit styled down the center adds that extra colorful pop and finishes the look. 

Red Moon Over Manhattan Signature Cocktail

This time of year, we're always on the hunt for a cocktail to get cozy with, and this one from Sugar & Charm is a perfect twist on a true classic. This recipe mixes a little red wine into a classic Manhattan topped with some gourmet cherries. We dig it. 

Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

2 ounces red wine

1/2 ounce bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 large round ice sphere

3 gourmet maraschino cherries

Directions

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice for 20 seconds. Rub orange peel around the rim of the glass. Add in the ice sphere, and strain the cocktail over the ice. Scoop one cherry to place inside the drink, and add two more on a twig or cocktail stirrer to garnish the glass. Enjoy this new classic!

Kick Up Your Heels, It's New Year's Eve!

A New Year's Eve wedding wouldn't be complete without fabulous fashion, including what you wear below the hemline as you walk down the aisle. These gold booties captured by Braedon Photography are all kinds of magic. Who are we kidding? Kick up your heels in these on NYE even if you're not getting married! Gold booties for the win, always.