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Delight & Decorum: Cheers to the Holiday Season

If you’ve been over to Delight & Decorum, you know that Lauren shares amazing recipes (and many other amazing lifestyle tips!).  I’m thrilled to have Lauren here today, sharing some delicious vintage-inspired cocktails just in time for the holidays!

 

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s the perfect time of year to host a fabulous fête. This year, try skipping the holiday punch bowl and offer some vintage-inspired mixed drinks instead. These classic cocktails will elevate your event and totally impress your guests!

Gin Alexander

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Gin Alexander: Popular during the Prohibition Era, this creamy drink helped to disguise the taste of ‘bathtub gin’. I think this one is particularly delicious with Bombay Sapphire.

Directions: Mix 2 oz. Gin with 1 oz. White Crème de Cacao and ½ oz. Heavy Cream. Pour the drink into a martini glass or coupe glass rimmed with lemon sugar and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

 

French 75

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French 75: You can’t go wrong with something sparkly! This combination of Gin and Champagne is said have been enjoyed by Charles Dickens, the famed author of A Christmas Carol, and was widely popular in the early 1900s.

Directions: Mix 2 oz Gin with 1 tsp Sugar, ½ oz. Lemon Juice, and 5 oz. Champagne. Serve it in a champagne flute with a twist of lemon.

 

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned / Image source Girlinthelittleredkitchen.com

Old Fashioned: This drink seems to be trendy again, but it is absolutely delicious and a nice change of pace for those guests who may prefer Bourbon to Gin.  Created in the late 1800s, this recipe was created to celebrate one of the great whiskey proprietors of the time.

Directions: Mix 2 ½ oz. Bourbon with 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters and ½ oz Simple Syrup. Garnish with a twist of orange and a couple of fresh cranberries (or even a splash of cranberry juice!) for a holiday twist.  (p.s. Don’t let simple syrup scare you away- it’s easy to make! Click here.)

 

Vesper Image

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Vesper: You might recognize this drink from the spy flick, ‘Casino Royale.’ Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, created this posh cocktail in 1953. If it’s good enough for 007, it’s good enough for your fanciest friends!

Directions: Mix 3 oz. Gin, 1 oz Vodka, and ½ oz. Lillet in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

 

Kristen, thanks for allowing me to be your Pursuing Vintage guest. Come visit me over at Delight & Decorum sometime soon. Cheers!

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Lauren, thanks so much for these recipes!  I can’t wait to try them out!  Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Delight & Decorum: Flea Market Finds

Please enjoy this guest post from Lauren at Delight & Decorum today!

 

Hi, I’m Lauren from Delight & Decorum. Inspired by the things that make me happy, Delight & Decorum is a modern girl’s guide to entertaining, etiquette, and everyday inspiration.

Today I’ve taken a page out of Kristen’s book and I’m scoping out vintage finds that are perfect for your next party. Shopping flea markets, antique shops, and estate sales are great ways to stock up on unique items that will help to make your next soiree or special event a smashing success.  Here are few things that I look for when I shop:

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Serving Pieces: Mix and match silverware or flatware, pick up a beautiful tray or a vintage cake plate. Your items don’t have to match. There’s something whimsical and special about mismatched pieces!

Glassware: Vintage champagne flutes? Yes please! Pick up any glassware that looks well-made and catches your eye. Vintage pieces often have more etching and detail, plus, at a flea market you can get it for a steal! I also like to keep my eyes peeled for beautiful teacups and saucers. Even if you don’t plan on hosting a tea party, beautiful teacups can be used to hold garnishes, made into centerpieces, or serve coffee after a big meal.

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Linens: Often, when you’re shopping at a flea market or estate sale, you can find beautiful napkins, handkerchiefs, or tablecloths. Look for well-made pieces that aren’t too worn and can be washed. At an estate sale years ago, my mom and I stumbled upon a drawer full of vintage aprons (you know, the little half-size, 50’s housewife aprons that have recently become trendy again). I bought 10 for $5 and used them as hostess gifts for some of my friends. They were a huge hit!

Accents: Although I don’t have a ton of vintage furniture in my house, I love the idea of repurposing something old like the drink cart pictured above. It’s the perfect way to house cocktails, beautiful glassware, and the cute napkins that you’ve found (see above).  Coasters, interesting vases, and even cool lamps or side tables are all great accents that can help beautify your room and get it party-ready.

I’d love to know what great finds YOU stumble upon and how you use them for your next party.  Happy Shopping!

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Thanks so much, Lauren!  Those are great tips, and how cute is that idea to give those vintage aprons as hostess gifts??!  I’ll be checking back at Delight & Decorum for more great tips!

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Flea Market Finds