You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

bar-cartHey Dolls! We are four days out and many of us are preparing to take planes, trains and automobiles to Thanksgiving celebrations with friends, family and loved ones. If you’re not traveling, you may be hosting, preparing to receive guests, and making last minute lists that include fresh turkey, crown roast of lamb, and cranberry  sauce.  

In addition to the T’day staples, don’t forget to stock you bar with the necessary liquors and mixers to serve your guests fabulous cocktails throughout the holiday weekend. 

I truly appreciate the aesthetic of a beautiful bar cart. Peep the must-haves below for the perfectly stocked bar. 

Vodka for vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini. Try Tito’s – $19.99; Grey Goose – $34.99;  Ketel One – $39.99.

Gin for martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc. Try Gordon’s – $11.99; Hendrick’s – $31.99.

Bourbon for Manhattans, old fashioned, and whiskey sours. Try Knob Creek – $29.99; Booker’s Bourbon – $56.99. 

Rum for daiquiris and mojitos. Try Mount Gay Eclipse Silver – $18; Flor de Caña Rum Centenary 12-Year-Old – $34.

Tequila for margaritas, sunrises, and palms. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label. Try Patron Silver – $45.

Whiskey or Scotch for Manhattans, old fashioned, and whiskey sours. Try Glenmorangie Single Malt – $40.bp_0307_barware_hd

You’ll also need the appropriate barware to mix your cocktails. Think ..

Ice bag
Bar spoon
Muddler
Jigger
Cocktail shaker
Strainer
Ice Cube Trays

And don’t forget your mixers – Cointreau, Red Vermouth, White Vermouth and Bitters.

Be sure to pick up Club Soda, Tonic, and an assortment of juices. To ensure you have enough, grab the half-gallon jugs. Finally, don’t forget your lemons, limes, cherries, cocktail rimmers, plenty of ice and serve! 

For cocktail parties, allow for a pound of ice for each guest, as well as three drinks, three glasses, and three napkins per person for a two-hour party.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Image: Nicole Gibbons – Pinterest

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Happy Sunday Dolls! I know it’s late, but I couldn’t let the day, or night, go by without giving you a light libation to try this week. Given the week to which we are thankfully saying goodbye, I thought it appropriate to find a future-thinking cocktail for us to try. This week, I give you “Hope!” Peep the mixology below.

The Hope Cocktail

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The Ingredients.

  • 1 1⁄2 oz Bourbon
  • 1⁄2 oz Cognac
  • 1⁄2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 t Mandarin orange liqueur, Mandarine Napoleon
  • 1 ds Orange bitters

The Mixology. Nothing difficult here. Stir straight up in a cocktail glass. Add a mandarine (or orange) twist and serve. Chin, chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

 

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday! 

Happy Sunday Dolls! It’s no surprise that today’s post is Halloween inspired. While your little, or not so little, ones are Trick-O’-Treating – assuming you don’t have to chaperone – enjoy the evening while sipping on a glass of “Rich’s Brew.” Peep the mixology below.

Rich’s Brew

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The Mixology. Place five to six large ice cubes in a large wine glass. Add two to three slices of blood orange. Finish with chilled Veuve Clicquot Rich and serve in your most ghoulish wine glass. Chin chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Happy Sunday Dolls! I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but fall has definitely descended upon the East Coast. It was 80 degrees on Tuesday, but this weekend it’s been crispy, cool and windy. I actually love this weather – perfect for a fab turtleneck, leggings, riding boots and leather gloves. Also perfect for harvest drinks. Peep the details below for some decadent drinks for the fall.

The Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Caramel
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 8 oz. Caramel Vodka
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • Apple slices, for garnish

The Mixology. In a small dish, pour caramel sauce. In another small dish, pour cinnamon sugar. Dip champagne flutes into caramel to rim glass, then dip in cinnamon sugar. Pour apple cider, caramel vodka, and top with champagne into flutes. Garnish with an apple slice and serve.

The Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • 1/2 c. ice
  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. orange or blood orange juice
  • Champagne
  • Cava
  • Prosecco
  • 1 orange slice

The Mixology. Rim a champagne flute with sugar. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, Vanilla Vodka, and orange or blood orange juice. Shake, then strain mixture into flute. You with Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco and garnish with orange slice.

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Hot Apple Pie Run Punch

The Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups dark rum

The Mixology. In a large pot, combine the apple cider, apple slices, orange slices, ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the rum.

Note: The apple cider mixture can be kept warm over low heat for up to 2 hours before adding the rum and serving.

In my mind the barware in just as important as the cocktail. Here are some of my favorite stemless flutes.

There you have it Dolls! Enjoy your champagne Sunday harvest drinks! Chin, chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

 

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Good morning Dolls! You are cordially invited to champagne Sunday, the New Orleans edition! Why New Orleans? Only because business has me traveling there on a monthly basis throuhout the remainder of year. An added plus – my sister lives there, which allows my to see and taste all things indigenous to The Big Easy.

I’m on the road again this week, and after client meetings I want to try New Orleans’ signature cocktail, the Sazerac Cocktail.

A little background. In 1838, Antoine Peychaud, a Creole Apothecary, created the drink in a French Quarter bar and named it for his favorite French brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils. In 1873, the drink was changed when American Rye whiskey was substituted for cognac, and a dash of absinthe was added by bartender Leon Lamothe.

Peychaud’s Bitters, which is a must for the Sazerac, was also created in New Orleans. A gentian-based bitters, Peychaud’s is comparable to Angostura bitters, but with a lighter body, sweeter taste, and more floral aroma.

Not hitting The Big Easy anytime soon? Peep the deets below for the mixology.

The Sazerac Cocktail

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The Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz Absinthe
  • One sugar cube
  • 1 1/2 oz Rye whiskey or Cognac
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

The Mixology

Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice and set it aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add the Lemon peel for garnish.

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Can’t find Peychaud’s in your local wine and liquor store? You can purchase it here on Amazon.

Until then, laissez les bons temps rouler!

TPD

Images: TheFramedTable, Amazon

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! Has it been that long? I know, I know it really has. I’ve had quite a few life changes that have required my immediate attention, most pressingly, nurturing a new entrepreneurial effort. I’ve also spent a great deal of time thinking about changes and updates I’d like to bring to The Pretty Domestic. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, I confess to truly missing my Dolls. So, until I share the deets re: The Pretty Domestic 2.0, let’s get back to business. It’s Sunday, and you know what that means, “You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday,” the Fourth of July Edition! Peep the mixology below for some patriotic cocktails fit for the perfect holiday soiree. Whether you are going to an epic pool party, spending the day at the club, or grilling at home for family and friends, a Doll has you covered. Peep the mixology!

Fourth of July Wine Sparklers

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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups watermelon stars
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 bottle chilled dry white wine such as Fumé Blanc, Chenin Blanc, or Vinho Verde
  • 1 liter chilled lemon lime soda, such as a SodaStream mix, Sprite or 7UP

The Mixology. Place the watermelon stars and blueberries in the bottom of a 1-gallon pitcher. Pour in the white wine and soda, and gently mix to combine. Serve with a few fruit pieces in each cup.

Star Spangled Martini

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Ingredients

  • 4-5 muddled raspberries
  • 2 oz {1½ shots} of citrus vodka
  • ½ oz of lemonade
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • For Rim: Granulated sugar

The Mixology. Dip the rim of a martini glass in a shallow dish of water, then into granulated sugar to create the sparkly rim. Carefully muddle the raspberries in the glass, crushing until broken down. {Alternatively, you can do this in a sturdier glass and transfer the raspberries over to the martini glass with a spoon.} In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine citrus vodka and lemonade. Shake until frosty and pour over raspberries. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass close to the liquid. Carefully and slowly pour chilled blue curacao over the back of the spoon. It should create a separate layer on top of the vodka. Serve immediately.

Patriotic Gin + Tonic

Patriotic Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

  • 2 Shots Gin
  • Tonic
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Water

The Mixology. Place blueberries and raspberries ice cube tray, keeping them separate. Use 3-5 blueberries and 1-2 raspberries per ice cube depending on the size of your ice cube tray. Fill ice cube tray with water and freeze. Once frozen, place ice cubes in glass layering the blueberry cubes at the bottom and the raspberry cubes on top. Use about 3 of each type of ice cube per glass, this may vary based on the size of your glass. Pour gin over ice. Fill glass the rest of the water with tonic.

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Ingredients

  • one bottle of Chardonnay
  • one bottle of sweet, fruity wine (we used a strawberry wine)
  • two cans of Sprite Zero
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

The Mixology. At least two hours in advance of the soiree, combine the two bottles of white wine in a pitcher. Add your desired amount of fruit. I prepared our sangria six hours before the party, and I used a fruit infusion pitcher to create a striped effect with the blueberries and raspberries. Let the sangria chill in the fridge. Right before serving, add the two cold cans of Sprite Zero. Pour yourself a tall glass and enjoy!

For an extra dash of patriotism, rim your cocktails with red, white or blue sugar.

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Cheers to the Red, White & Blue!

Until Then, Keep Sharing the Pretty!

The Pretty Domestic

Sources + Images: Kitchn; HonestCooking; Tasty Bev; Life’s Ambrosia

 

 

 

 

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! It’s late for a “Champagne Sunday” post, but truth be told I spent the day sipping bubbly with my favorite Dolls. Anywho, as we prepare for Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it appropriate to share several cocktail recipes that you can serve to your guests, whether you are hosting on Thursday or having an open house during the weekend. Peep the deets.

Cranberry Orange Sparkler

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Ingredients.

1 cup cranberry juice (or red currant juice)
1/3 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1 bottle (750 ml) of your favorite Champagne
24 ounces chilled ginger ale

The Mixology. In a measuring cup, combine juice and liqueur. Divide among eight Champagne flutes or wine glasses. To serve, top with equal parts Champagne and ginger ale.

Cranberry Margaritas

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Ingredients.

1/2 cup cranberry juice
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
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The Mixology. Stir all ingredients together until blended.  Serve over ice in sugar- or salt-rimmed glasses, garnished with fresh cranberries and lime wedges if desired.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

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Ingredients
2 ounces ginger flavored vodka
2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)
Juice of 1 small lime wedge
Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)
Cinnamon to sprinkle

The Mixology. In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Boozy Maple Orchard

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Ingredients
1/2 ounce Bourbon
2 ounces apple puree (Gala apples recommended)
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
For garnish optional | fresh apple slices, cinnamon sticks

The Mixology. Core, peel, and quarter an apple. Add to blender and puree. In the blender with the apple puree, add lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon and pulse to combine. Pour over ice into a glass and garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon, as desired.

Enjoy Dolls! Chin, chin!

Until Then | Keep Sharing the Pretty

The Pretty Domestic

 

 

Source: Huffington Post, Today Show, Martha Stewart