Christmas Eve Cocktails

With the hustle & bustle of Christmas going on around you, why not take a moment tomorrow evening to chill out with a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while, and make them a festive cocktail? These four actually seem to embody almost all of the flavors that remind us of winter — citrus, rosemary, gingerbread, and peppermint — yes, please! So put on your party dresses, dust off your shakers, and have a very happy holiday!

In case you missed it, last year we rounded up four delicious looking cocktails as well. It’s becoming a bit of a new Christmas tradition 🙂 .

gm_ChristmasEveCocktail_2015


Clockwise From Top Left:

Winter Citrus Punch

Pear Rosemary Flip

Peppermint White Christmas

Gingerbread Martini 


 

 

Advertisements

Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas

gm_RasberryMimosas_4

Tomorrow morning is 2015 — woah! When did that happen?

New Year’s morning can be a tricky thing — you’re tired, hung over, and exhausted from the night before, but you most likely want to celebrate the new year with some sort of delicious brunch/cocktail combo. If you’ve planned ahead and made reservations somewhere, congrats — you did great during this hectic holiday season. If not, we’ve got an easy and very delicious raspberry sorbet mimosa for you to show off to your friends!

gm_RasberryMimosas

Ingredients: 

  • Raspberry sorbet — we used Talento, mainly for it’s gorgeous color, but also because they have tons of sorbet flavors
  • Champagne, Prosecco or Cava — we used Freixenet, a brut Spanish Cava, and it worked well since it didn’t have any extra sweetness (let the sorbet do that)
  • Rosemary sprigs

gm_RasberryMimosas_3

Just drop a scoop of the sorbet into your glass and fill ‘er up with the bubbles! Swirl around the rosemary sprig to give it a bit of herbaceous delight.

With something this easy, it’s sort of hard to not give it a shot! (*and if you’re looking for a bit of extra sweetness, rim your glass with sugar!)

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years celebration! For those out East like us, be sure to wear your puffy coats and hats over those party dresses… it’s gonna be a chilly evening!

gm_RasberryMimosas_2

 

 

Simple Seasonal Decor

Now that we’re a whopping three days into December, we have minimal time to get that seasonal decor up around our apartments. Since none of us have the time (or electric bill means) to deck-out our home exteriors with lights… we’re down for some simple inside DIYs to make things festive!

f b c d e aa1644e1aebffb690bcbff9a47a289684orange garland_thumb[6]diy-triangle-gold-garland-3ef2ed14b6b4ed03c5ea05f1c6490053

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

gm_RPPopcorn_4

We knew we wanted to make Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn, but when we found this recipe to use as a guide, of course we had to add in the garlic! This savory little creation is a great light snack for those of you who love your evening munch-time!

gm_RPPopcorn_3

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter (we used salted, because salt)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons oil, we used olive
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

To Make:

01. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the garlic and fresh rosemary. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

02. To pop the popcorn, heat the canola oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat. Put a couple popcorn kernels into the oil to see if it is hot enough. If they pop, then it’s ready.

03. Add the popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover the pan with a lid, remove from heat for about 30 seconds. Return the pan to the heat and gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. You will hear the popcorn popping. Keep the lid slightly ajar so the steam can escape. If you remove the lid completely, you will have a popcorn mess. When the popcorn is done popping, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl.

04. Pour the butter,garlic, and rosemary mixture over the popcorn and gently toss. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the warm popcorn. Season with salt, to taste.

* Note — you can use microwave or air-popped popcorn if you wish.

gm_RPPopcorn_2gm_RPPopcorn_1

Happy Weekend!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
{image via}

Happy Friday friends! I hope this cat picture gives you as much joy as it does for us! Although this weekend is supposed to be a little rainy, we’re planning on having some fun anyhow- HarpoonFest for Reg and Brimfield for Christa. Make sure to check out our Friday links & have a fab few days off! xo G&M

rkv // Loving this oh-so-cool beach photography series by Gray Malin

cct // Outfit pics can be hard work, and Wit & Delight has some great insight on keepin it cool in front of the camera

rkv // Chromeo feat. Solange? Yes, please.

cct // Being a woman is damn hard!

rkv // DIY bath bombs to relax away your aches and pains

cct // Is it bad that a few of these songs still come up every time a bunch of us get together and we have a little too much to drink? (ahem, Remix to Ignition, Hey Ya, All My Life…)

rkv // UM apparently the best bagels in Boston have been being sold around the corner from my house. So, that needs to happen in my belly. Like now.

cct // Oh rosemary, I love you so!