White Fir

Every year it seems the holiday season comes and goes quicker than the last. We attend holiday parties, we're moving and shaking to get our shopping done for friends and family, some even last minute (guilty!), and all of a sudden we have a minute to breathe and realize we completely forgot about mailing our holiday cards to the ones we love. Let's face it, 'tis the season, right?

Colleen and I made it our mission this year to take a moment to ourselves and enjoy this season and we did so by purchasing tickets to Secret Supper PDX and their Scandinavian themed event. It was our own holiday celebration and one that inspired me in so many ways. With location and details provided just 24 hours in advance, off we went to The Colony St. Johns for one memorable evening. 

Simple, yet stunning elements made our table feel like we were at this intimate lodge surrounded by 30 people, that although were strangers, felt like friends. Conversations were effortless, guests were in such positive spirits and the laughter felt like it never ended. 

Each course was so well thought, paired with beautiful wines and cocktails and there was not a time when someone was not approaching you because you were taking your last sip or eating your last bite. I appreciate experiences like this so much being that it's what I strive for in every event I design and execute. Service is key. 

As our chilly December day came to an end, we left with full stomachs, but even more so full hearts as we welcomed this season with gratitude. 

With Love,

Kelsey

Event Planning + Design by Eva Kosmas Flores, Christiann Koepke, Danielle Firle and catering by Tournant

Rentals Something Borrowed PDX + West Elm

Photography Colleen Amelia Photography

 

 

Mint & Mirth's Lady May Gimlet

In time for those spring weddings quickly approaching,  today we are pulling inspiration from Mint & Mirth's beautifully curated blog, Elegant Berry Gimlet for an Oregon Spring Wedding! What a better way to start of the weekend, than giving this cocktail a try. 

 

Lady May Gimlet: 

2 oz Aria Portland Dry Gin or other dry gin

1 sweet mint Tea Drop (or 1/2 oz peppermint tea)

1/2 oz mixed berry juice

dash of aromatic bitters


Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake well, then strain over ice and garnish with citrus.

 

Make sure to visit Mint & Mirth's full blog post to see more gorgeous photos by Sweetlife Photography

 

Photography: Sweetlife Photography / Styling & Floral: Swoon Floral Design / Venue: The Old Schoolhouse / Rentals: Something Borrowed / Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Love, 

Danielle 

Pomegranate Cocktail Workshop with Mint and Mirth

Looking for a delicious Christmas or New Years cocktail to serve to your family and friends? I have two recipes to make you swoon with holiday delight.

I recently had the pleasure of taking the Pomegranates Cocktail Workshop by Mint & Mirth. If you’ve yet to try their incredible concoctions, I highly recommend booking them for your next event or gathering. They offer personalized cocktail making classes as well-- what a fun way to get your friends together and for only $30 per attendee!

If you are a cocktail making novice, don’t sweat it, Joni, owner of Mint and Mirth starts all of her classes with a list of important ‘Drink Terminology’ and is happy to answer your most burning cocktail questions (such as what is the best bang for your buck tequila--which she happily shared the industry favorite is Omeca Altos).

Next we learned how to taste and compare spirits; sipping the gin to detect its flavor profile! Joni explains this step is about: 1. The Nose 2. The Palate and 3. The Finish.

Together we created the two recipes which I share below and let me tell you, they do not disappoint!

All photography by Hazelwood Photo

Pomegranate Margarita

Homemade pomegranate syrup adds an earthy-sweet nuance to the classic margarita. If you are short on time, skip the Pomegranate Syrup and instead muddle pomegranate seeds and a sugar cube before adding your liquids and shake.

1 ½ oz. tequila

1 oz. pomegranate syrup

½ oz triple sec

¼ oz. fresh lime juice

 

Tools: shaker, strainer

Glass: rocks

Garnish: fresh lime wedge and salted rim

 

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

*Pro Tip: shake until the shaker is frosty on the outside!

 

 

Pomegranate Syrup

This easy pomegranate syrup can make a great addition to any winter cocktail.

 

½ pint pomegranate seeds

2 cups water

½ cup sugar

 

Cut the pomegranates in quarters, to remove the seeds. In a small pot, bring the pomegranate seeds to a boil with the water and sugar, lower the heat and let simmer until the syrup has reduced by half. Let cool to room temperature and strain into a clean glass jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

 

 

Sparkling Winter Pomegranate Punch

 

Cheery, wintry citrus is perfect in this pomegranate punch, not only for its color but also for the brightness it brings to the recipe. It’s easy to double if you’re expecting a large crowd.

 

 

1 (750 ml.) bottle dry chilled sparkling wine

½ navel orange, sliced

½ lemon, sliced

5 oz. gin, chilled

½ cup pomegranate seeds

¼ cup sliced ginger root

1 oz. pomegranate syrup

 

Tools: punch bowl, ladle

Glass: punch

Garnish: rosemary sprig

 

Add ice and sparkling wine at the last minute, just before serving. Serves 4.

 

All cocktails created by Joni of Mint and Mirth