1. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Martinis

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    I love decorating for Valentine’s Day {obviously, I mean it’s been going on for weeks on the blog} but as much as I like all the hearts and frills I also love something a bit more sophisticated and elegant. So today I wanted to share a simple bar cart display for Valentine’s that includes the most delicious Valentine’s {or Galentine’s Day} martini recipe. Of course the key to making it special is choosing delicate martini glasses {these are the Lenox Tuscany Classic}, adding pretty garnish, and displaying alongside lush flowers! Read on for this martini recipe that I found on AHealthyLifeforMe.com.

    Love Potion #9 Cocktail {ie. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Martini}

    Ingredients:

    • 1½ ounces Vodka
    • ½ ounce Peach Schnapps
    • 3 ounces Pink Grapefruit juice
    • 1 Strawberry

    Instructions:

    In a martini shaker filled with ice add Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Grapefruit Juice. Shake and pour into martini glass. Add ½ strawberry to rim of martini glass.

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  2. Valentine’s Day Bar Cart

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    I absolutely love Valentine’s Day and it’s not for the usual reason that most married women do, which is a day of gifts and romantic dinners. Actually to be honest, my husband doesn’t really care for the Holiday and we usually opt to go out a few days later when we can actually get into the restaurants we like! But the real reason I love the Holiday is the excuse to use everything pink. Pink flowers, cocktails, candy… and it’s more than acceptable, it’s encouraged!! So styling the photo shoots you will see over the next two weeks {as well as the ones I have done in the past – see sections here and here}, have been some of my favorites to date because I love pink more than the next girly girl. So enough chatting and on to this stunning Valentine’s Day Bar Cart.

    First and foremost I went all out on the flower arrangement on the bottom level. If you aren’t familiar with Juliet roses, they are breathtaking. Very expensive so only a once and while treat, but I just had to splurge this Holiday. I mixed the Juliet roses with pink peonies, and a few spray roses {which are actually inexpensive and and great for filling in any gaps}. Then the Chandon Rosé champagne cocktails I whipped up are served in beautiful Tuscany Classic Flutes by Lenox {I just love the height of these glasses!}, and for the finishing touch, I created gold sugar-coated rims. {In next Monday’s post I will be talking about how I made these drinks so stay tuned.} Right before serving, I stuck toothpicks through Sugarfina sugar lips and placed them on top of each cocktail. Sugarfina has the cutest Valentine’s Day candy from their “Olive You” boxes, to sugared lips, to champagne bubbles, and I love their packaging {a great idea for “Galentines Day” treats, ladies!}. The finishing touch here was the “XO” hangtags which I hung from each flute. For all the other fun details, shop my Valentine’s Day decorations below! Cheers!

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  3. Thanksgiving Bar Cart & Cocktail : For Him

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    As a continuation to yesterday’s post, I wanted to share a “his” and “hers” cocktail and bar cart story for your upcoming Holiday entertaining. With Thanksgiving just a week away I thought this cocktail was seasonally appropriate due to the gin, but realistically this cocktail is great for gin lovers year-round, so feel free to use this at Christmas or New Years.

    As for the decor, I swapped over to mint julep cups from Mark & Graham that have been a staple for my manly cocktails since the Kentucky Derby. I placed the cocktails on a circular monogramed wooden tray {also Mark & Graham} to complete the look.

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    Here is the recipe for this Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail which I found on InspiredTaste.net. My advice would be to go overboard on the garnish to look a lush as these photos!

    Ingredients {for 4 servings}:

    • 1 cup (8 oz) gin
    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) rosemary simple syrup (See recipe below)
    • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) club soda
    • 4 lemon slices (garnish)
    • 4 rosemary sprigs (garnish)

    Ingredients for Home-made Rosemary Simple Syrup:

    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 rosemary sprig

    Directions:

    For Rosemary Simple Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan then bring to a boil. Cook, while stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from the heat, add rosemary, and then let steep for 1 hour. Discard the rosemary sprig.

    For Cocktail: Stir gin, lemon juice and the rosemary simple syrup in a pitcher. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, divide between 4 glasses filled with ice, add club soda then garnish with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.

    Cheers! I look forward to sharing more Thanksgiving entertaining ideas throughout next week!

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