Holiday Cocktail Recipe + Bar Cart Decor

Rosemary is one of my favorite aromatics – especially during the winter. The smell is comforting and piney, and always reminds me of my parents’ house during the holidays. This recipe for The Rosemerry Fizz (rosemerry…get it), combines pine and citrus; two seasonal flavor staples. Elderflower liqueur rounds out the profile with a warm, but very subtle, floral flavor.

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When we have friends or family over for the holidays, I like to offer them something other than the traditional gin and tonic or vodka soda while we catch up. (Nothing wrong with either of those – gin and tonics will always be my go-to).

A bar cart is an easy way for people to help themselves to cocktails and snacks without feeling overwhelmed by options. There is just enough room to offer a few options.

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[plaid napkins and a reindeer cookie jar filled with peppermint oreos add a festive touch]

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I made this recipe using gin (Henderick’s), but you could easily use vodka and it would taste great!

THE ROSEMARY FIZZ

Ingredients:

2 shots of gin (or vodka)

2 – 3 shots of tonic (we use Fever Tree because it’s the jam)

2 Tablespoons St. Germain liqueur.  (Glorious elderflower liqueur)

1 Tablespoon rosemary syrup (recipe below) – two sprigs of rosemary, one cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water

The juice of half a pink grapefruit and 1/4 lemon (squeeze over a strainer to remove pulp and seeds).

small sprig of rosemary and a pink grapefruit wedge for garnish

ice

Directions:

For the rosemary syrup, add sugar and water to a saucepan over medium high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add rosemary sprigs and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Pour over a strainer into a small container.

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Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour gin, tonic, grapefruit and lemon juice and syrup over the ice. Stir quickly for 20 seconds or so. OR add ice to a shaker, add the ingredients and shake.  Either way.  Either way’s fine. (I love Jonah Hill in Superbad).

Fill cocktail glasses with new ice cubes and pour the stirred or shaken liquid over the ice. Add the rosemary and the grapefruit wedge and VOILÀ!

Yield: 2 cocktails.  In the glasses that I used, this recipe was enough for two. But it will depend on how strong you like your cocktails.

  • You could definitely sub vodka for gin, or sub cava or prosecco for the gin and the tonic. Offering guests the options would be a nice idea as well.

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A big thanks to Mark & Graham for partnering with me on this post! Check out their site for tons of host and hostess gift ideas.

XOXO – Em

Guest Blog Post: Delicious Healthy Holiday Desserts by Hummusapien

This collection of delicious and healthy desserts will make your holiday season even sweeter. Bonus points for having better-for-you ingredients, too! Vegan and gluten-free friendly.

Delicious Healthy Holiday Desserts

One of my absolute favorite food bloggers, Alexis Joseph of Hummusapien, is guest-posting today and giving us a ton of great holiday dessert ideas that are healthy to boot. Alexis’ recipes have been featured in the Huffington Post, CNN, Shape, Self, Harper’s Bazaar. She’s a BF foodie D. And she’s just a super cool girl to boot. I’ve got a post over on her blog today as well – talking about what gifts to buy that person in your life who is impossible to buy gifts for.

Hummusapien:
WOWZA. How is it already mid-December? I’m sitting here drooling over anything and everything peppermint and gingerbread in utter disbelief that 2017 is just around the corner. Before the New Year’s detox smorgasbord clutters up your feed, lettuce rejoice in what makes this time of year so very special—good company and even better food!

As some one who considers chocolate a food group, I’m all about indulging this time of year. The good news is that in addition to the white flour and butter cookies we all know and love, you can whip up a batch of flourless zucchini brownies that I swear everyone will equally adore. Be mindful, listen to your body, and let yourself live this holiday season. Remember that there will be more than enough kale to go around come January!

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Healthy Vegan Ginger Snap Cookies

These Heathy Vegan Ginger Snaps are completely flourless and free of butter and refined sugar! A wholesome treat perfect for the holiday season.

Flourless Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies

Flourless Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies

Paleo Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

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Raw Mexican Chocolate Truffles

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Peppermint Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

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One Bowl Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies

One Bowl Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Protein No-Bake Bites

Pumpkin Pie Protein No-Bake Bites

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies with Maple Glaze

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies with Maple Glaze

Peppermint Chocolate No-Bake Bites

Peppermint Chocolate No-Bake Bites

Gift Ideas for Mom

Gift Ideas for Mom 2016 Christmas Holiday gift guide

So many of the moms in my life; my friends, my aunts, my grandmother, my sisters-in-law, my mother-in-law, my own mama, are so selfless and routinely go without so that their children can have whatever it is that they need.  This was something that I didn’t fully appreciate it until I felt it myself.  That you really don’t mind going without – that you would absolutely go without food and sleep and whatever else in order to make sure that your babies are happy and healthy. And the wonderful part is – you don’t really feel like anything is lacking. So sometimes I find it difficult to buy gifts for moms because they claim they don’t need or want anything.

So I put together a little gift guide for all the moms in your life – both brand new mamas and mamas who are grandmothers or great-grandmothers. I tried to focus on a few themes: 1. experience gifts, 2. memory gifts, 3. gifts that are JUST for them, and 4. gifts that can be “used up.”

 

one and two:  Something JUST for them. Pretty gifts that are not for the home or the family, but things that will make the mom in your life feel pretty! This cozy monogrammed blanket scarf and the pom can be color-coordinated to help brighten up winter outfits, and bonus – the pom makes it SO much easier to find your keys in your purse/diaper bag.

three:  Something that can be used up. My mom and my grandma especially always say they don’t need more “stuff.” So for them, I either like to get them experience gifts or gifts that can be used up. These Antica Farmacista diffusers are great because they last for ages, require no fire if mom has little ones around, and smell amazing.  Amazing.  This Holiday Trio Set is sold at Nordstrom and Bergdorfs and makes the sweetest gift.  I have two of these three diffusers currently in my house and they make our house smell so festive and clean. (And it is not clean right now, I can assure you).

four and five:  Something just for her. I was gifted this dual birthstone ring last year for Mothers’ Day and my mom loved it so much that my dad bought one for her as well.  On mine I have my birthstone and Cora’s.  On my mom’s she has mine and my sister’s.  I wear this ring every day – it is delicate and lovely and pairs with any other metal you might be wearing because it isn’t overwhelming. And to complete the gift – a cute, monogrammed jewelry tray for the ring and her other baubles!

six:  A memory gift. Have photos from a memorable trip or experience with the mom you’re gifting printed and pick out a pretty frame. Put the photo in the frame and then back in the frame box so she is surprised that it is more than just the frame!

seven:  An experience gift. Gift mom a pretty vase and make a reservation for the two of you to go to a flower arrangement class at a local florist.

eight:  An experience gift. Pick a cookbook that would interest the mom you’re buying for and then schedule a cooking or baking class together. Lots of local restaurants offer classes and Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table do as well.

nine:  An experience gift. Get mom some cute, monogrammed travel bags and schedule a weekend getaway to see a band she likes, have a spa weekend or go hiking!

 

XOXO – Em