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.

Golden Cadillac

Friday, November 11, 2016

A 70s classic updated with a touch of coconut cream to sweeten your weekend.

Golden Cadillac

1 oz Galliano
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz coconut cream 

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

Notes: Totally over-the-top, this sipper is a cream cocktail that makes a fabulous nightcap or boozy dessert. The coconut cream is a tropical substitute for the original heavy cream, but I have a feeling you'll enjoy it either way. And if you find yourself fresh out of Galliano, swap it for sambuca or Neopolitan liqueur. Hope this helps lift your spirits.

Image by Daniel Krieger for PUNCH.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Things I'm loving this week: evening walks in the crisp fall air, apple eau de vie, and the love and strength of my community in a dark, difficult week. Hope you're all taking care of yourselves.

Art Deco invitation from Bella Figura.

Nico & Chris

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A stunning fall fête at Lower Manhattan's Housing Works Bookstore Café featuring Kat Flower blooms and a jaw-dropping Oscar de la Renta gown captured by Sasithon Photography.

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