Confession: I am not a big breakfast cocktail fan. Mimosas are too sweet for my taste, and while I enjoy the occasional bloody Mary, I tend to be pretty picky about them. Restaurant bloodies tend to be all heavy tomato juice, cheap vodka (hello hangover), and zero kick. No thanks.
Extra festive with a second gift guide today!
Or, how to score an invite back.
We're getting extra festive with not one but two gift guides today! Check back at noon for what to bring your host and hostess.
In which I shamelessly share my own personal wish list and call it a blog post.
I have a tendency to work on the house in fits and starts. Things will be going along swimmingly and suddenly I'll run out of energy or money or inspiration (or all three, woof) and have to hit pause. Our library is one of the more egregious examples of this practice. I know more or less what I want for this space, but the room has been languishing under my serious lack of inspiration.
Enter the Triple Stamp Press Grandville series. Be still my heart.
I happened upon this local company the other day and fell hard for these illustrations. So hard that I had to run out to Manchester right away to buy a couple. I wanted enough to fill a wall in the library, but my bank account and my sensibilities are happy with two at the moment: The Duelist and The Medical Student. The saturated colors, the vintage look, and the slight oddball quality are speaking to me in a major way. In fact, I'm feeling downright inspired to get back to work on this room.
So let's talk inspiration.
I'm loving the look of this faded teal room. The painted trim and the unexpected art both fit into what I want for our library. The piano would not fit, because our house is small.
Not a single tie on this list, I promise.
I've compiled the gift guide series of items I've tried and enjoyed (or in this case, Edward has tried and enjoyed) or have been following and wanting to try. Whenever possible, they come from local and small businesses. No affiliate links or sponsors have been used. So get to shopping! And by all means, let me know if there's a gift guide you'd like to see in the future.
1. Ledbury Shirt
You're not going to get more dapper than a Ledbury shirt. I'm especially fond of their Bradbury Chambray, but you can't go wrong with any of the prints. And by the way, have you checked out Reid's playlist? So hygge.
2. Lapham's Quarterly Subscription
Edward and I both look forward to our Lapham's Quarterly. It's a perfectly curated collection of the works of some of history's greatest minds, in topics ranging from youth to fashion to good old swindle and fraud.
3. R. Murphy Oyster Knife
For the old salt in your life.
4. Crest 1 Bottle Opener
Do you love it? Because I love it.
5. Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix
Just because the Gamecocks are having a... rebuilding year doesn't mean you can't enjoy your football game.
6. Blue Mountain Brewery Full Nelson Beer
Edward says: It's hoppy without being melodramatic. I say: If this isn't already in your fridge, it should be.
7. Square Trading Co. Camp Mugs
Camp in style with these handsome mugs.
8. Buckler's Daily Defense Kit
Keep him in tip top shape.
9. Sydney Hale Co. Sea Salt + Bay Rum Candle
I know, I know. A scented candle is probably not the first thing on his list. But whether he knows it or not, he needs one. And this candle is quite simply the tops.
READY FOR MORE?
What's a woman to do when it's mid-December, 70 degrees, and she's not feeling the least bit festive? Throw on some red lipstick and sip something bubbly, is what.
In honor of Christmas party season, let's mix up not one but two drinks. Both are easy enough to throw together, so you can serve them to your party guests without spending your whole night at the bar. And both are made a bit more seasonal with the addition of pomegranate syrup. First up is a pomegranate champagne cocktail. A little tart, a teensy bit sweet, and a lot of sparkle. Done and done. Next is the pomegranate old fashioned. You know I love an old fashioned, and this is an impressive, classic-as-hell cocktail that happens to be the easiest thing in the world to make.
We'll start with the pomegranate syrup. Make a batch of this a day or two in advance and keep it in your fridge for whenever your drink needs a little zhushing up.
The seeds from one pomegranate
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Use a wooden spoon to crush some of the seeds so they release their juice. Once boiling, turn hear down to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and pour liquid into a jar. Once the syrup is at room temperature it's ready to use.
POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 or 2 tsp pomegranate syrup, to taste
Dry sparkling wine (I recommend Cava here and for any cocktail that uses sparkling wine. It tends to be the best quality for price ratio out there.)
Add syrup and bitters to a champagne flute or coupe. Top with bubbly.
POMEGRANATE OLD FASHIONED
1 tsp pomegranate syrup
A couple dashes bitters
2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
Splash club soda
Lemon or orange peel for garnish, optional
Combine syrup, bitters, and whiskey in a mixing glass and stir. Pour into an old fashioned glass with ice. Top with a splash of soda and garnish.
Go on and be merry!
READY FOR MORE?
Am I the only one still in a bit of holiday denial? I know that it's almost mid-December, but it doesn't really feel like it. For one thing, the weather hasn't been the least bit frightful. Mostly, though, I've just been busy. Work, friends, and family obligations have kept my schedule pretty full. This is emphatically not a complaint (what are the holidays about if not gratitude for those very things). It just means that I haven't had much much time to go gift shopping, send cards, or find that perfect artisanal wreath.
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.