3 Festive Cocktails

To truly elevate any gathering there's a couple things you need; a solid playlist, finger foods, the best of friends and of course a signature cocktail. I try to always keep my bar cart stocked with a little of something for everyone so the ingredients below shouldn't be to much of a stretch to get. 

I worked in the restaurant industry for years and from that found a fascination with the craft cocktail movement. Now I may not have training, a perfected technique or knowledge of flavor profiles and history of spirits but what I do know is what I like, and what I like are the cocktails below. 


Cranberry Gin Fizz

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Recipe | 2 cocktails

2 ounces gin

2 ounces cointreau

4 ounces 100% cranberry juice

1 ounce of rosemary simple syrup

Club soda

Rosemary simple syrup; add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 5 rosemary sprigs (sometimes I add more, depending on how strong I want the rosemary) to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer removing rosemary sprigs. I keep my syrup in a mason jar, make sure whatever container you use is air tight.

Directions | 

Add the cranberry juice, gin, triple sec, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 5 seconds (don't shake to much as the ice will start to melt and dilute the cocktail). Pour into a vintage glassware with a ice and fresh cranberries. Top off with club soda. Garnish with cinnamon stick, sprig of rosemary and dehydrated orange slice. 

Dehydrated orange slice; preheat oven 200 degrees, wash and dry oranges. Slice very thin and lay on baking sheet with parchment paper. Place in over for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Store in a cool dry place.


Gingerbread White Russian

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Recipe | 2 cocktails

4 ounces vodka

2 ounces kahlua

2 ounces heavy cream

3 tsps. of molasses

1/8 tsp. ginger

Directions |

Combine kahlua and vodka into shaker to combine. Add molasses and ginger, shake.

Add rocks glass with an ice cube. Pour in the kahlua and vodka mixture first. After slowly add the heavy cream, make sure to pour the cream over a spoon so you get the perfect creamy layer on top.


Holiday Spritzer Punch

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Recipe | 6 cocktails

1 ½ cups pomegranate juice

¾ cup of vodka

¾ cup of champagne

½ of a lime squeezed in

3 ounces of St. Germain liquor

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary

Directions |

Combine all ingredients in punch bowl, stir and add ice

Serve in coupe and garnish with sprig of rosemary.


Hope you all enjoy + Happy holidays.

xx!

 

 

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake W/ Blood Orange Glaze

its all in the title...

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Cake |

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup of boiling water

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Glaze |

3 tablespoons blood orange juice

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Steps |

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 in cake pan with olive oil. In large bowl mix cocoa and boiling water. Add in your vanilla extract and then set aside to let cool. In a separate bowl add flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk till combined. In a mixer beat the eggs, sugar and olive oil until you have a fluff. 

On a slow speed combine the cocoa mixture and then slowly add flour, scarping sides of bowl to incorporate all if needed. 

Pour into greased pan, set in oven for 30 minutes. Do the toothpick test to make sure the cake is completely cooked through. Set aside to let the cake cool to room temperature. 

In a small bowl combined blood orange juice and powdered sugar, whisk together. 

After cake is cooled pour glaze over cake on wire rack letting the excess glaze drip off. Let the glaze set for 10 minutes before adding garnishes. I recommend a couple slices of blood orange and springs of rosemary.

xx!

Enjoy

 

 

 

    New Bed, Who Dis?

    ft. Helix Sleep

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    I love my bed; I love sleeping in it, reading in it, watching a movie in it, eating late night pizza in it, having morning coffee in it, playing scrabble in it, basically ill do anything if I can do it from the comfort of it. 

    I don't know if you guys know this but mattresses are expensive and finding one that will be your companion for the next 10 years is hard work. So if I can order a mattress that is created to love me as much as I love it, created to perfectly form to my sleep preference I should buy it immediately right? 

    Ok, so I did!

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    After reading reviews and searching the web for days for the perfect mattress for not just my needs by my fiancé Kevin's as well I stumbled upon Helix Sleep and found that my mattress prayers had been answered. 

    Super simple, you and your partner take a sleep quiz that adds up to the perfect mattress. Its then shipped to your front door. open up the box, wait 15 seconds and BAM you got yourself a whole new sleep set up. 

    Now why cant more things in life be this easy?

    https://helixsleep.com/