Birch & Bourbon

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s the new year, we’re returning to work, and we’re getting back into the swing of things today. Cheers to 2016!

This past weekend I was able to break out the amazing new lens, wireless remote and tripod Curtis gave me for Christmas for a fun photoshoot. And it just so happened that we have amazing friends who gave us these beautiful and tasty bottles of booze for the holidays that also just so happened to pair together perfectly! Photoshoot dreams coming true!

That gorgeous tall skinny bottle is from Hartford Flavor Company, a local place that sells the most beautiful flavored liqueurs! I’ve been lucky enough to sample them at some Hartford events, and with flavors like chai, rose, cucumber, lavender and birch – how can you go wrong??

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After doing a little research on the Hartford Flavor Company’s website about recipes which used their birch liqueur, we settled on the simple and extremely tasty, Birch & Bourbon which we paired with our newly acquired Kings County Distillery bourbon.

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And finally, the actual recipe…

Birch & Bourbon

1 oz Wild Moon Birch
2 oz Bourbon

Optional Garnish: Cinnamon stick

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Cheers!

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24 Great Coffee Table Books

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We love books, people love books, people poking around your house love books — so give them some great ones to sift through! As you can tell we’re big fans of gorgeously designed, interesting & beautiful books to sit down with — and your guests will thank you! But don’t forget yourself! Use these books for inspiration, lounging around, or a gift to yourself — because these amazing things will last a lifetime.


TRAVEL
The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada
The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel the World
The Best Places to be Today: 365 Things to Do and The Perfect Day to do Them

FASHION
Grace, A Memoir
Tori Burch: In Color
The Little Dictionary of Fashion

MUSIC
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
The Beatles Anthology
1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

PICTURES
Kate Spade Things We Love
Underwater Dogs
The French Cat

ART & DESIGN
The Wes Anderson Collection
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Alex Katz: Revised and Expanded Edition

DIY
A Happy Handmade Home
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for a Digital Generation

COCKTAILS
Vintage Cocktails
Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

HOME DECORATING
Domino
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
Mountain Modern


 

 

Cider Bourbon High Ball

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A little while back, the folks from the wedding planning site Lover.ly reached out to us about a feature cocktail that would be a festive option for a fall wedding! Considering we love making ourselves some pretty drinks (see here and here), we were game!

We put our noggins together and came up with something that combines three things we just can’t get enough of — bourbon, apple, and bubbles! Check out below for our recipe!

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You’ll be needing:
(serves one)

1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup ginger ale
4 ice cubes
a few pieces of diced apple
a sprinkle of cinnamon & nutmeg for garnish

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To make:

01. In a mason jar or shaker, combine your ice cubes, bourbon, cider and ginger ale.

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02. Put the top on, and shake it like a polaroid picture, or salt shaker, or any other hip hop song lyric of your choosing.

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03. Strain into a glass and garnish with apples & spices!

Optional: for a little extra something special, twirl the rim of the glass in a little cinnamon sugar mixture!

Hope you guys are enjoying these crisp autumn days! If you end up trying this out, hashtag #gardeniasandmint, we’d love to see them! And make sure to check out other cocktail recipes on Lover.ly!

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