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Three Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

16 Nov

Holiday parties always need a signature cocktail! I’ve put together three of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes I’ve used at parties throughout the years.  They’re always a big hit and somewhat easy to make ahead of time so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Cranberry Gimlet 

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in ingredients.  Shake until ice cold and strain into a cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup. Garnish with frozen whole cranberries.   Recipe (revised): FoodFanatic.com.

 

Candy Cane Cocktails

  • 1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Garnish: peppermint candy

Directions

Mix ingredients in a ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Shake and pour into cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup.  Garnish rim with crushed peppermint candies! Recipe:  Myrecipes.com.

Pomegranate Martinis

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 c. water
  • 3½ c. gold tequila
  • 2 c. pomegranate juice
  • 1 c. Triple Sec
  • 5 limes
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • 1 c. fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions

  1. In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in tequila, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
  2. Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.
    Recipe:  Good Housekeeping.

Use our personalized plastic cups for a fun way to serve your signature cocktails!  They also make clean-up a breeze.  Our Tastemaker Will Kahn of Town & Country magazine uses these cups for his holiday entertaining.  How festive are these?

Do you have a signature holiday cocktail you serve every year?  Tell us in the comments.  We’d love to try it this holiday season!

xo,

Jennifer

Photo credits:  Candy Cane Martini (nuggetmarket.com), Cranberry Gimlet (Yummly.com), Pomegranate Martinis (GoodHousekeeping.com), plastic cup (Will Kahn).  

Are Holiday Cards Still Relevant?

8 Nov

 

The holiday season is officially here. People are planning their lists and beginning to look for gift ideas for family and friends. Does this still include sending an annual holiday card? With everything increasingly becoming more digital, The Stationery Studio wanted to know if sending holiday cards is still relevant in 2017.

We conducted a survey in October using SurveyMonkey and found that 89% of people are planning to send holiday cards this year.  According to the Greeting Card Association, the most popular seasonal cards are Christmas cards, with some 1.6 billion units purchased (including boxed cards).   So while people may have seen a decline in holiday cards in their mailbox, people still feel sending holiday cards is relevant.

Do you send out holiday cards?  Tell us if you do (or don’t) and why in the comments.  We’d love to hear your opinion!

Regards,

Jennifer

Q & A with Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew

31 Aug

Elizabeth Mayhew

Meet our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew!

Photo: Elizabeth Mayhew Instagram

Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day.

We are inspired by her Instagram posts which usually involve beautiful scenery shots and gorgeous baked goods. She has a keen eye for unique {and memorable} hostess gifts. We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Q.

What is your favorite thing about being the brand editor for Draper James?

A.

I love working with the dynamic and very talented staff of Draper James. From the design team to the store associates, everyone who works at the company embodies the positive Southern values that Reese Witherspoon, the company’s founder, established from the beginning. It’s a happy brand, where grace, charm, kindness, and good manners are prized. Plus I love the clothes!

Q.

What is one thing anyone can do to update their home?

A.

Install dimmers on all of your light switches! The proper lighting can easily transform a room from looking like an overlit hospital waiting room to a warm and inviting sitting room.

Q.

We know you love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?

A.

I bake every weekend and post images on Instagram, so my friends who follow me usually call to put in an order. My go-to dessert to bring to a party is some sort of pie, mostly because pies transport easily. The variety I make depends on the season—fruit pies for summer, cream pies for spring, and nut pies for fall and winter. I get the most requests for my lime pie (you could use key limes too, but they are harder to find).

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

You are the queen of an amazing hostess gift. What is your one go-to that’s always a hit?

A.

I have three go-to hostess gifts: if I plan well ahead, I like to order personalized guest towels from The Stationery Studio. If I have time the day or night before a party, I will bake a sweet bread, like banana bread and wrap it up in a dish towel so that the host has breakfast the next morning. If I have no time, I draw from my stash of Draper James Orange Blossom Special Candles—it’s my favorite scent!

Banana Bread

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

A.

I love to bake of course (see above!), but I also am a big reader. A few of my recent favorites are: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. And if you haven’t read the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, you should!

Book images: Amazon