Sunday, December 31, 2017

To putting 2017 in our rear view mirrors and welcoming the new year with open arms. Hope that wherever you're ringing in 2018 that your evening is full of laughter, love, and lots of bubbly!

Image by Grace & Blush.

The Longest Day

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer Solstice! To celebrate the longest day of the year, I can think of nothing more delicious than this sherry cobbler full of beautiful berries—and a little mezcal!

The Longest Day

1 1/2 oz sherry
1 oz reposado tequila
1/2 mezcal
2 blackberries
2 raspberries
1 strawberry
1 orange wheel

 Gentle muddle berries and orange wheel in a shaker, then add other ingredients with ice and shake. Strain half into a Collins glass over crushed ice and stir. Add more crushed ice and strain the remaining liquid over the top. Top with berries and an orange wheel to garnish.

Notes: Adapted slightly from an even more complex cocktail recipe, feel free to play with your spirits, swapping the reposado tequila for an añejo, going equal parts sherry and mezcal, or including a bit of sweetness if the berries aren't doing the trick. But whatever you do, raise a glass to the first official day of summer—cheers!

Image by Daniel Krieger for PUNCH.


Friday, June 2, 2017

 Cheers to Negroni Week! In honor of this classic cocktail, here's my favorite recipe.


1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz Campari

Stir gin, vermouth, and Campari in an ice-filled mixing glass until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Image by Peden & Munk.

Golden Ananas

Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Memorial Day weekend! In honor of the start of summer, I'm raising a glass—or more specifically, a hollowed-out pineapple—filled with this tropical cocktail.

Golden Ananas

3/4 oz mezcal
3/4 oz aged rum
1 oz fino sherry
1 oz pineapple juice
1/4 oz cinnamon syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10–15 seconds, then strain into a highball glass or tropical fruit over crushed ice.

Notes: Spicy, sweet and sophisticated, these are my favorite kinds of tiki cocktails. Created by Lynnette Marrero of Llama Inn, the cinnamon syrup is a slightly fussy but positively essential ingredient. To make, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and a cinnamon stick. Let it stand for as long as you can (ideally overnight, but at least an hour), then strain and store in the fridge. Cheers!

Image by Lizzie Munro for PUNCH.

Picking the Perfect Venue

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One of my very dearest friends just recently got engaged and I'm thrilled to be helping her scout photographers and select floral arrangements for her upcoming wedding. She wants to tie the knot in October, so we're hustling a little—but one thing that's made the planning process much easier? The future Mr and Mrs are certain about their venue: an aunt and uncle's beautiful Southern California home. 

But say you're not so sure. What's in a venue, anyway? Most magazines will tell you that choosing your venue(s) is essential to the planning process. After all, how will you know whether you can invite 30 people or 300? What sort of dress will suit the space? Will your dream of a big band and a black and white ballroom floor go in the barn you've booked? While I rarely take advice I read in magazines, this bit of guidance is super useful. But if you don't have a dreamy family estate you've already got your heart set on, how on earth do you choose where to tie the knot? 
First things first, I'd check out Wedding Wire's Venue Quiz, which will help you find the perfect space to suit your style and recommend venues in your area that fit the bill! New York, Chicago and Los Angeles brides, I've got your Wedding Wire Venue Guides right here, but no matter where you're planning to say "I do," Wedding Wire will help you find the place. Happy planning, brides-to-be! 

Image by Joseba Sandoval.


Friday, April 21, 2017

I love an innovative cocktail (citric acid instead of citrus! strawberry-thyme shrub!) as much, or admittedly perhaps more, than the next guy. But the best bartenders I know are the ones who can shake up an impeccable classic cocktail. A well-made Gimlet (especially with John's recently released Spring Gin) is one of those classics I can't get enough of lately.


2 oz gin
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz lime cordial

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10–15 seconds, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. 

 Notes: You can use Rose's Lime Cordial, but the homemade stuff is easy to make and so much more delicious. Simply combine several ounces of 1:1 simple syrup with the zest of 3 or 4 limes and let sit for 15–20 minutes, or until cool. Strain before using; the cordial will keep for several weeks, especially if you add a dash of vodka.

Any gin (or vodka, though I'm a gimlet purist) you like will do here, but lighter, less juniper-heavy gins might be loveliest in such a limey libation. Cheers to spring!

Image by Leslie Pariseau.

Embrace Spring

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Image by Ali Harper, bouquet by Ron Barrett.

Pineapple Milk

Friday, March 24, 2017

I haven't been around much lately, and one of the things that's been occupying my our time has been the Ann Arbor Distilling Company. John's taken the helm and is having the time of his life. For me, that means tasting gin recipes, weighing in on label designs, and enjoying cocktails by the incredible team behind the bar. Not so bad, huh? We haven't made a brandy yet, so this tiki-inspired sipper is strictly an at home indulgence—join me in one, will you?

Pineapple Milk

1 1/2 oz Brandy de Jerez
3/4 oz half and half
3/4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz aged rum
1/2 oz rich cane syrup
1/2 oz hazelnut cordial
1 dash cherry bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10–15 seconds, then double strain into a punch or deep-bowled wine glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Sounds heavenly, doesn't it? If you can't get your hands on some Brandy de Jerez, another brandy or cognac will do just fine. Frangelico is a popular hazelnut liqueur, but you can also make your own if you're feeling crafty. And if you feel like taking the at-home adaptation up a notch, infuse your syrup with a vanilla bean or two—cheers!

Image via BlackTail.

Written Word

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Crazy for this modern handwritten suite in classic black and white.

Suite by Written Word Calligraphy.

Daria & Julian

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 Crazy about this intimate, elegant celebration at the Ham House captured by the talented Micheal Beaulieu.

Images by Micheal Beaulieu.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Monday, March 20, 2017

To celebrate the arrival of spring.

Image via @amy_merrick

Today and Everyday

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Saturday, December 31, 2016

"Every time you open a bottle of champagne, it's a celebration, so there's no better way of starting a celebration than opening a bottle of champagne. Every time you sip it, you're sipping from all those other celebrations. The joy accumulates over time." 

–David Levithan

Wishing you a wonderful New Year—to 2017!

Winter White

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What a semester! These last few weeks have been challenging, but it is an unending privilege to do what I love each and every day. I hope that as 2016 comes to a close, you're all feeling the same way about your work—whether that's coordinating weddings and designing floral arrangements, tackling problems that will change the world (or one little piece of it), volunteering to help others, or taking care of your families. 

After a lighting-fast trip to Tulsa for a beautiful winter wedding, I'm absolutely thrilled to be spending our first holiday in Michigan—we'll have a white Christmas for sure! I've planned the two-day menu, though admittedly I haven't shopped for a thing yet. Just one exam to grade and a last assignment to submit before I can devote myself to tree-trimming and listening to Aaron Neville on repeat. Wishing you all a lovely holiday!

Image by @suertj.

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