Cointreau Rickey

Friday, March 27, 2015

This simple cocktail packs an unexpected punch; most people assume Cointreau and other cordials are low in alcohol, but this drink is as strong as some whiskey highballs, and just the thing to kick off your weekend!

Cointreau Rickey

2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
4 oz club soda

Pour Cointreau and lime juice into a rocks glass; add ice. Top with club soda and stir; garnish with a lime and orange zest.

Notes: Cointreau is a little spendy, but in cocktails where Cointreau is the main ingredient, it really can't be substituted for less expensive orange liqueurs. I'd posit that it's well worth the investment–cheers!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

I'm loving watching our mailbox fill up with RSVP cards.

I'm loving the sense of community and excitement about our upcoming celebration.

I'm loving everything the future holds.

Amy & Jared

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A beautiful New York City springtime elopement captured by Kate Osborne Photography


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As the cherry blossom and crab apple trees begin to bloom, petals start to carpet San Francisco's parks and sidewalks. These carefully embellished white satin sandals with dainty flowers and seed pearls bring the early spring blooms to your big day, whether you're marrying beneath blooming trees or at your hometown church.


Monday, March 23, 2015

After a big week of exciting announcements at work, it was time to celebrate–and I had the job of planning a fabulous fête and an absurd after-party. I was lucky to have colleagues who were excited about event planning, too, so I had lots of help, but Thursday and Friday were all about vendor confirmations, last-minute menu timing discussions and even a trip to McDonald's to pre-order 60 Happy Meals. I didn't have nearly as much fun as everyone else, because I was busy making sure things ran smoothly, but there's huge satisfaction in seeing an event go perfectly as planned–and your teammates get sauced. John and I finally tumbled into bed a little after 1am, and I don't know if I've ever been so excited to sleep.

Though I'd spent the evening soberly overseeing our event, John had imbibed a bit more and woke up on Saturday with a nasty little hangover. His one request? Pancakes. I was more than happy to oblige, and had such fun whipping up flapjacks, a food I think I last cooked when I was 12. After breakfast, John curled up next to me in bed for a nap while I hammered out some work. He took off for a run while I met up with girlfriends for brunch and some wedding planning, and though it was a bigger adventure than probably any of us had planned on, I was so grateful for these wonderful women and their help. I drove home to John just as our neighborhood was filling up with thick fog, and to make up for Friday's festivities, ordered up a whole bunch of curry, perfect for the chilly, wet evening. 

We were up early on Sunday morning and John cooked my favorite breakfast–poached eggs over avocado toast and roasted potatoes. Once breakfast was over and we'd finished our coffee, we both got down to work–John at the guitar, me at the computer. I squeezed in a workout before heading to the Mission for a blogging work session. After a productive afternoon, I headed back across town, picked up groceries and whipped up a big salad for supper. After dinner and an episode or two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, we curled up with our work and headed to bed as it started to rain–a perfect Sunday evening.

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Doing a little spring cleaning perhaps, or braving a bit of unexpected winter weather?

Image by Andrea Hubbell, green and white bouquet from Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.

Gin Fizz Tropical

Friday, March 20, 2015

I still remember the way Heaven's Dog would practically explode when a Gin Fizz Tropical landed on its long bar – suddenly everyone wanted one, and the sound of shaking cocktails would fill the room. There was a good reason the cocktail was so well-loved, and I can't imagine a more perfect drink to welcome spring's arrival.

Gin Fizz Tropical

1 1/2 oz Plymouth gin
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz pineapple gum syrup
1/2 oz egg white
lime slice and mint spring, for garnish

Combine gin, lime juice, orgeat, pineapple gum syrup and egg white in a shaker; shake vigorously without ice for 10-15 seconds. Add ice and shake vigorously for another 5-10 seconds. Double strain into a Collins glass, top with soda and garnish with a freshly slapped spring of mint tucked into the center of a lime slice.

Notes: Orgeat and pineapple gum syrups aren't necessarily easy ingredients to hunt down, but they are key to this cocktail. We're partial to Small Hand Foods' products, but I've heard good things about Liber & Co and it's easy to swap almond coffee syrups for orgeat. So mix yourself one fabulous cocktail this weekend, and toast to spring. Cheers!

Photo by Ed Anderson for PUNCH.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week I'm loving hand canceled wedding invitations (and my sweet guy, who braved the post office solo!), a week full of celebrations big and small, including some big successes at the office, and the ton of beautiful weddings featured this week. What are you loving?

This simple Smoky Mountains celebration is so lovely.

Prepare yourself for romance at this Italian destination wedding.

This chic Dallas wedding does it for me.

This video is will come in handy since I'm fairly certain I pricked my prom date...

This Napa wedding is gorgeous.

Laura & Hywel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lying in bed one Saturday morning, Laura asked Hywel, "What shall we do today?" He replied, "Shall we get engaged?" and this London wedding are the lovely results of their courtship.

Laura and Hywel met when she moved to London for work, and this transatlantic pair quickly fell in love. So when they decided to get married, they planned a London celebration just as quickly. Laura and Hywel approached wedding planning as a partnership, drawing on one another's strengths to execute an intimate celebration at One Marylebone.

Laura wore Vera Wang's "Evelyn", an ivory silk crepe gown with a single shoulder strap, and a pair of L.K.Bennett slingbacks. Makeup artists Roseanna Velin put up her hair in a simple French twist, and Laura finished her modern bridal look with a pair of dainty Elsa Peretti gold earrings. Hywel chose a grey suit from Canali, a crisp Thomas Pink white shirt and classic Tiffany & Co cufflinks.

Laura and her father walked down the aisle to "Here Comes the Sun", and her grandfather, a federal judge, officiated the ceremony. After exchanging their own vows, the newlyweds nearly floated back down the aisle to Steve Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Florist Hayford & Rhodes filled the classic gallery space with green and white blooms to highlight the elegant architecture. Inspired by their own dinner parties, the couple and their caterer, Seasoned Events, created a spring menu served family style. Small cork-topped bottles of Welsh whisky served as place cards, and carefully selected wines and beers were chosen to reflect the couple's backgrounds. After dinner, guests got down on the dance floor with Wedding Smashers, and the newlyweds were still dancing as they said goodnight to Caught The Light, their fantastic photographers.

I'm partial to the gorgeous spring blooms, but I'm dying to know – what's your favorite image or detail from this London celebration?

Enchanted Evening

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Something about satin slippers I simply can't get enough of...

Reflections on a Wedding

Monday, March 16, 2015

With less than 50 days until John and I tie the knot (again), I thought it was high time I share our progress and some of the things we've learned along the way.

One of the most interesting things about planning this celebration has been the realization of the shift in my personal aesthetic over the last few years. Those of you reading this blog for years have seen it, and anyone who visited our first Baltimore apartment knows how different our home looks now. My hyper-romantic style and John's modernist bent have blended into something traditional, classic and clean. My blog has changed over the years, too, and I think the latest incarnation of A Crimson Kiss represents my love of distilled elegance. 

So despite all the empirical evidence available to me about what we'd want our wedding to look like, it was a bit uncomfortable to declare in such a big, unchangeable, eternal way that this is us. Because you don't exactly get to redo letterpress invitations. And when I came home on Saturday night and discovered our gorgeous stationery suite waiting to be stamped and sent to our nearest and dearest, I felt such excitement and confidence – because it felt like seeing those years of blending our furniture, our families, and ourselves on paper. It was the best moment of wedding planning yet.

Image by Elisa Bricker, green and gray rose bouquet by Beehive Events.

You're Turning Violet

Friday, March 13, 2015

White whiskey is having something of a revival, but it can easily be over-powered in traditional whiskey cocktails. In this berry sipper, however, the delicate flavors of freshly distilled liquor shine.

You're Turning Violet

2 oz white whiskey
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 teaspoons blueberry preserves
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Blueberries for garnish

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, preserves and butters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with a skewer of fresh blueberries.

Notes: Your favorite micro-distillery probably makes an unaged white whiskey, but if you're strolling down the aisles at your local liquor store looking for a bottle, I recommend the Buffalo Trace White Dog (a common nickname) or Jack Daniels' Unaged Tennessee Rye. Cheers!


A Crimson Kiss – Timeless Events and Classic Cocktails by Ana Degenaar : Blogger