Tag Archives: Cocktails

  • Monday, May 4, 2015

    There's nothing like spending a warm night under the setting sun with a refreshing beverage in hand. For your next outdoor shindig, try whipping up a few of Lauren Kelp's Grapefruit Mint Mojitos for a delightful libation that's sure to please! If this recipe looks familiar, you may have seen it in our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco! Lauren was one of the food bloggers who contributed their favorite summer recipe that we later recreated just for our shoot. You can check out the lookbook here, and learn more about Lauren in her Ruchette of the Month interview! 

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    Grapefruit Mint Mojito

    Ingredients:
    2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 8 leaves)
    2 oz rum
    2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
    1/2 oz lime juice
    Ice
    1 oz club soda
    Grapefruit wedge or wheel for garnish

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    Directions:
    Place 1/2 of the mint leaves in your glass and muddle gently.

    Stir together the rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice until the drink has chilled.

    Top with a splash of club soda.

    Garnish with fresh mint sprig and grapefruit wedge or wheel.

    -- Lauren, Lauren Kelp

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    Shop our stylish and summer-ready lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and head over to Lauren Kelp for beauty, food, and lifestyle advice and inspiration!

    xo,
    Ruche

    *Photography Credit: Constance Higley


  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house...we were shaking and stirring up some delightful holiday cocktails and drinks! Christmas Eve is usually spend tying up any ribbons on last minute packages, finding the perfect outfit, relaxing with the friends and family that has arrived from out of town, and preparing each and every detail for the festive day of Christmas! Whether you want to relax with a holiday-inspired beverage or save these recipes for your soiree, we have collected a few of our very favorite winter drinks for you to mix, shake, or stir! 

    Cranberry Bourbon Fizz Cocktail: This sweet and tart cocktail is perfect for impressing your guests at any festive fete! Via Style Me Pretty.

     Frosted Gingerbread Martini: An homage to the traditional Christmas treat, this gingerbread martini by Glitter Guide is the essential for getting into the holiday spirit. 

     Mexican Hot Chocolate: Warm up with this decadent Mexican Hot Chocolate recipes by Cali Vintage. A captivating balance of spicy and sweet, this hot chocolate is bound to become a new favorite. 

    Fizzy Cranberry Ginger Pear Cocktail: Just as tasty as it looks, this fruity libation by Heather Christo is a refreshing way to indulge this holiday season! 

    Sugar n' Spice White Russian Cocktail: Waiting On Martha has crafted what has easily become a staple of the holidays. This Sugar n' Spice White Russian is a perfect seasonal spin on an old favorite! 

    Cranberry Cider Punch: Certain to be a crowd-pleaser, this Cranberry Cider Punch is easy to make in batches for large or small parties. How Sweet It Is never disappoints! 

    For even more mixed drink inspiration, stop by last year's autumnal cocktail round-up! And don't forget to find the perfect cocktail attire to match your new favorite libation. Enjoy!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

    We jumped at the opportunity to curate bar carts of our own! Something about concocting a drink with the help of a vintage-inspired bar cart is just so much more sophisticated than digging through your cupboard for the rum you were gifted last Christmas -- even if the ingredients are identical. But with all of the elaborate recipes and drink combinations out there, the world of alcohol can seem a bit daunting. The good news is, once you purchase a bar cart to fit your aesthetic taste, curating your liquor collection is much more fun than it is mind-boggling! Here are our tips on how to go from starting your bar cart to hosting a party with the perfect selection of drinks for family and friends.

    Starting a bar cart:
    1. Once you find the bar cart you’ve been searching for, begin by purchasing a bottle of your favorite alcohol. It might be tempting to go straight for something fun (like limoncello), but start with a simple base you can use to make a wide array of cocktails. Love tequila? Pick your go-to brand. All about rum? Select a bottle to christen your new bar cart.

    2. Splurge on the right things. Don’t add a fancy, imported whiskey to your bar cart if you don’t know anyone who will use it! Start with base liquors you’re certain you or your friends like, and spend more on alcohol genres that adhere to more of a hierarchy as you move up the shelf. Save where you can on alcohol you’ll be mixing, and spend a little extra on liquor that is often enjoyed neat.

    3. Take your time and build your bar cart collection slowly -- it’s much more fun that way! You won’t feel overwhelmed by the assortment and will learn just how versatile each alcohol is. It’s surprising just how many drinks you can make with each type of liquor, so get creative with what you’ve got!

    4. If you love drinks made with clear alcohol, make sure there’s still a brown liquor option in your bar cart for future guests. On the contrary, if you’re a bourbon lover, pick up some vodka for friends who prefer something clear. Having both categories of liquor represented will insure there’s something in your bar cart for everyone!

    5. Not sure which alcohol to start with? Pick a few common cocktails or ones you know you’ve enjoyed in the past, and buy the base alcohol used in those recipes to begin your bar cart. From there, you’ll discover new drinks that incorporate those alcohols you have on hand!

    Upgrading your bar cart:
    1. Ready to make your bar cart more advanced? Test out some new alcohols! Start with small bottles to discover your preferences, and once you know you love a liquor, you can upgrade to a bigger size.

    2. Experiment with flavored liquors, syrups, ingredients and methods. Try making that margarita blended, or pick up some coconut cream to add to your standard rum and pineapple juice.

    3. Are you the DIY type? Search for simple recipes on how to make syrups at home to add to your drinks, or learn how to garnish your glasses with colored sugar or fruit!

    4. Invest in tools to help you create an even wider variety of cocktails with the ingredients you have in your bar cart and fridge. Cocktail shakers, muddlers, strainers, fancy corkscrews -- these tools help stretch the contents of your bar cart and don’t cost a fortune.

    Readying your bar cart for a party:
    1. Make sure you have the aforementioned tools on hand even if you’re still starting out with your bar cart. Start with a cocktail shaker and the necessary bottle openers, and add those strainers, muddlers, and other tools if you want make the experience feel even more authentic. You can always improvise if you’ve forgotten to pick up a tool, so don’t fret!

    2. If you have extra time and money (and don’t already have some at home), hunt for some fun, inexpensive glasses to pair with the cocktails you have planned. Glasses are another thing you can collect gradually -- just add to your collection as you spot glassware at antique markets and local stores. Over time you can build a selection of glasses specific to the drinks you tend to make with your bar cart!

    3. To spruce things up even further, add little extras like bitters, fresh lime, olives, lemon, mint, maraschino cherries, and sugar cubes to your bar cart display. Don’t worry about having all of these things on hand -- the selection should depend on the alcohol you have available in your bar cart and the drinks you have in mind.  

    4. Stock your fridge with plenty of mixers. Thankfully, mixers tend to be very affordable, so make sure there is enough soda water, ginger beer, tonic, juice, cola and so forth to accommodate your bar cart. Remember that some ingredients, like grenadine, will also give guests who prefer soft drinks the option of preparing their non-alcoholic drinks some extra flair.

    5. Display is key! If you want to make your standard grocery store juice or other mixer appear a little fancier, pour some into a cute pitcher for a homey touch. Transfer lower-shelf alcohol to hand-labeled bottles and display your garnishes in decorative ramekins. No one will know if you purchased your ingredients on a tight budgets!

    6. If you and your guests are coffee lovers, take things to the next level by stocking Bailey’s or Kahlua in your bar cart to have on hand for after-dinner drinks.

    Now the only thing left to decide is if you’d like your drink shaken or stirred! Cheers!

    xo,
    Ruche

     

    This post originally appeared on February 4th, 2014


  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Planning a cocktail party doesn't have to be difficult! A night of delightful libations with friends should filled with great conversation and memories instead of stress. When it comes to preparing your own soiree, don't become overwhelmed by every detail. Don't get us wrong - we love the little things like swizzle sticks, pretty glassware, and ornate hors d'oeuvres, but the important thing is to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest! We complied a handy guide for throwing a cocktail party to remember so you can sit back, relax, and have fun! 

    Plan Your Menu: Begin planning your food and drinks by choosing a color, flavor, or regional theme for your party to ensure the flavors compliment one another. As a bonus, many ingredients can be used in a variety of ways, which cuts down on shopping time and costs! Decide exactly what you're going to be serving so you can buy the appropriate amount of things ahead of time such as ice, types of plates, and glassware if needed.    

    Food: For a cocktail party, we love hors d'oeuvres and finger foods to keep guests appetites satisfied. Instead of preparing a large meal, you can craft an array gourmet snacks so everyone is guaranteed to find something they love. Things like mini quiches, stuffed mushrooms, decadent party mixes, and various chips and dips are always a necessity. Don't forget lots of napkins for easy snacking! 

    Drinks: We recommend choosing a few specialty cocktails to wow your guests, and then choosing a simple, classic cocktails with just a few ingredients so you aren't overwhelmed. We love making large quantities of drinks like sangria or margaritas and leaving them in refrigerated pitchers for easy serving and little prep time. Make sure to include a variety of options with versatile mixers like ginger ale, tonic water, cola, or a lemon-lime soda to ensure that you have a plethora of options for your guests to choose from. For your signature cocktails, try infusing them with fresh, seasonal fruity flavors like watermelon, berries, and orange. Here are a few cocktail recipes we would love to include at our next get-together!
    1. Spoon Fork Bacon's Arancello
    2. Love and Lemon's Jalapeno Margaritas
    3. Spoon Fork Bacon's Blackberry Meyer Lemon
    4. Love and Lemon's Blood Orange Bourbon

    Decor: For any party, be sure to rearrange the furniture in your space to facilitate a welcoming atmosphere and make it easy for your guests to mingle. Shift couches and chairs against walls and facing one another to create places to sit without isolating your guests. We love a touch of festive decor, so feel free to hang a banner or cover your table with a pretty tablecloth that matches the theme you determined for your food and beverages! Even if your space isn't equipped with a full bar, you can always set up a bar cart or fashion a table to function as you bar!

    Final Touches: When it comes to the day of your soiree, you should only have to worry about the final touches. Make sure your bar area is prepped by stocking glassware, coasters, and an ice cooler in addition to the ice in your fridge. Any cocktails that require fresh squeezed fruit juice should be prepped the day of, while some appetizers can be prepped ahead of time and just popped in the oven so they are fresh when your guests arrive. 

    Images from Style Me Pretty Living

    Get Dressed: Once you have all of your refreshments in order, you can change into more dressy attire! For a cocktail party, we love occasion dresses from shift to a-line and fit and flare. A touch of sparkle never hurt, either! The most important thing is that you're comfortable, so make sure no matter what you choose, it's a look you love! For those warm summer nights, a breezy sleeveless dress is perfect for making your way from the patio to the kitchen and back to your living area or dining area. 

    There you have it, Ruchettes! Everything you need for throwing a cocktail party that even Martha Stewart herself would be proud of. You can even take a look at our past cocktail recipes here! Enjoy! 

    xo,
    Ruche  


  • Friday, June 27, 2014

    It's Friday! After working hard all week long, you deserve a relaxing break. After the hustle and bustle of Monday through Friday, we love the idea of crafting a unique cocktail with a few friends! From tropical tastes of mango and pineapple to sweet peach and strawberry, we're looking forward to enjoying the summer sun and infusing seasonal flavors into our cocktails. Here are a few recipes that are perfect for unwinding and enjoying the end of a busy week! 

    1. Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris: This blend of summery ingredients courtesy of Topped With Cinnamon has us looking forward to 5 o'clock! Frozen daiquiris are the perfect libation for cooling off in the summertime, and this recipe is at the top of our must-try list. 

    2. White Peach Gin Fizz: This bubbly and invigorating spirit from Adventures In Cooking is exactly what we want to be sipping on after a long week! A hint of sweet peach along with a delicate garnish makes this drink a summery necessity!

    3. Pineapple Mint Juleps: This drink is proof that How Sweet It Is has crafting the perfect cocktail down to a science. This fruity beverage will have you imagining you're relaxing on a lush beach in the Caribbean!

    4. Watermelon Strawberry Citrus Sangria: We love mixing a sweet sangria to accompany an end-of-the-workweek gathering! Chilled wine infused with our favorite citrus flavors, watermelon and strawberry is definitely an essential. Joy The Baker has created a sangria perfect for a hot day!

    5. Sotol Swizzle: In the spirit of a margarita, this beverage recipe from Honestly YUM has an impeccable balance of kick and sweetness. We love that this drink features crushed ice and swizzle stick used to make the glass frosty for a cocktail that's both unique and tasty!

    Shop our summer time workwear and celebrate after hours with these 5 delicious cocktails! See our past libations here, and if you're looking for a refreshing alcohol-free option, visit our fruit-infused water recipes!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Meeting with family or friends for brunch is one of our favorite ways to celebrate, enjoy the weekend, or simply catch up over a truly delicious meal. Since no brunch is ever complete without a mimosa, we thought we'd explore the various versions of mimosas we could create next time we entertain. If you're also a lady who loves to brunch, here are some of our favorite mimosa ideas!

    Photo via Style Me Pretty

    Classic: Simply combine orange juice and champagne. The ratio is up to you, but we suggest starting with 1 part champagne and 1 part juice. If you'd rather have your champagne with a splash of juice, we won't judge!

    Hawaiian: The POG (passion, orange, guava) mimosa is an exotic alternative to one made with traditional orange juice. This tropical blend is hard to find, but if you can get a bottle or make your own blend, it's well worth it!

    Strawberry: Add a whole strawberry or a few strawberry slices to your champagne to infuse the bubbly with a berry flavor. You can also look for strawberry puree or add a hint of strawberry syrup to your glass to sweeten your drink.

    Photo via Style Me Pretty

    Sherbert: Instead of using juice, just add a scoop of orange sorbet to your glass, then fill up the rest of it with your champagne. Dessert and a drink in one!

    Spiked: Try creating a champagne cocktail by adding liquor, like St. Germain, Grand Marnier, or Limoncello, to the bottom of your glass. For an even fancier touch, add a splash of peach nectar or cranberry juice along with the liquor.

    Before you decide on your recipe of choice, keep in mind these important tips. Whenever you can, use fresh ingredients -- there's nothing like a mimosa made with freshly-squeezed orange juice instead of over-pasteurized, store-bought juice. If you're in a bind and need to buy orange juice off the shelf, look for a brand that bottles the OJ in a purer state.

    Photo via Style Me Pretty

    It's also important to serve your mimosas as cold as possible. Make sure you give the champagne ample time to chill and refrigerate your fresh juice once you've prepared it until it's time to serve the drinks. Since mimosas are meant to be sipped, starting with a truly cold drink will give guests time to savor their mimosa while chatting with others and enjoying the meal.

    Which mimosa idea will you be trying next? For more brunch inspiration, take a look at our recommended brunch spots. And if you're looking to prepare for a party, learn how to stock a bar cart and take a look at our past cocktail-related posts. Cheers!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, November 18, 2013

    Our bar carts are stocked for the holiday season and we can't wait to mix up seasonal cocktails for holiday soirees, Thanksgiving dinner, and casual cocktail parties with friends. We gathered eight of our favorite autumn-inspired cocktail recipes from around the blogosphere, so ready your cocktail shaker and get into the spirit of the season with some festive libations!

    1. Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktail: Cranberries make their way into a fall inspired cocktail via one of our favorite wedding blogs, 100 Layer Cake.

    2. Fig & Melon Martini: Fig and melon combine for an elegant martini recipe from Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique over on Snippet & Ink.

    3. Cranberry Jello Shots: These cranberry jello shots from A Beautiful Mess are a grown-up version of the dorm party mainstay, and one that will certainly enliven any Friendsgiving!

    4. Pomegranate Vanilla Sangria: We’re inspired by Jessica of How Sweet It Is to add some seasonal pomegranate to our sangria.

    5. Pear Nectar Thyme Mimosa: We’re always up for trying variations on one of our favorite libations, and the pear nectar + thyme combo in this mimosa from The Glitter Guide sounds irresistible!

    6. Bourbon Aged Stout Floats: These beer floats from A Better Happier are just the thing to serve alongside a thick slice of pie, in our humble opinion.

    7. Autumn Punch: The loveliest flavors of fall shine in this autumn punch from Scout, so make a big batch before guests arrive, and be sure to garnish with pretty cinnamon sticks.

    8. Fig Thyme Martini: The flavors of thyme and fig lend themselves to one truly aromatic cocktail, courtesy of Honestly Yum.
    And if you're looking for more creative drinks ideas, be sure to peruse our Friday Frocktails, a cocktail series on our blog from the month of October. Cheers and happy holidays! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, October 25, 2013

    For the final installment of Friday Frocktails, Natalie of The Soho blog has mixed up a delicious sage and pear cocktail that may just be our favorite happy hour libation yet! Every week this month Natalie has been using our Frocktober dresses to create a cocktail, taking inspiration from the palette and style of the dress. So we wondered, what would a chic midi-length frock with a classic polka dot pattern in sweet cream and green inspire? And here it is – an irresistible combination of an aromatic herb, the crisp fall sweetness of pear, and the effervescent loveliness of a splash of bubbly!

    For my final frocktail this month, I came up with a sage and pear sipper to go along with this darling green dress. The flavors are subtle and earthy and would make a perfect addition to a fall brunch ... as would the dress.

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 oz. pear juice
    4 sage leaves
    3 oz. Prosecco or Champagne

    Directions:
    Add pear juice to a cocktail shaker along with 3 torn sage leaves. Add 1/2 a cup of ice and shake until the outside is frosty. Pour the liquid through a strainer into your glass and top with Prosecco or Champagne, approximately 3 ounces. Garnish with a sage leaf.

    -- Natalie, The Soho

    A huge thank you to Natalie for hosting this delicious cocktails series for us, you have been every inch the charming Southern hostess, and these recipes have inspired us to creatively shake up our cocktail routine! Natalie is not only a stylish mixologist, but a fantastic lifestyle blogger, so be sure to follow along on her blog for her adventures and lifestyle inspiration. Lastly, in preparation for a season of holiday parties, we recommend finding a gorgeous frock for every occasion, keeping in mind that a cocktail shaker is as essential an accessory as a statement necklace, and that nothing says dinner party ready like a perfectly styled and stocked bar cart.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, October 18, 2013

    Natalie of The Soho blog is back to graciously host Friday Frocktails happy hour here on our blog. Every week Natalie is taking inspiration cues from one of our Frocktober dresses to create a cocktail…or rather, a frocktail! We couldn’t wait to see how our classic, patterned, cream and gold dress would inspire her this week, and she didn’t disappoint. Natalie whipped up yet another delicious drink that combines two of our favorite things, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you. And now that we’ve seen her recipe, we can’t help but think: how did we not think of doing this sooner?! Read on for a delightfully simple cocktail recipe that is sure to become one of your fall favorites.

    The subtle colors of this lovely cream and gold dress gave me the idea for a hard apple cider float. It's the easiest recipe you ever did see. All you need to do is pick up your favorite vanilla ice cream and your favorite hard apple cider. It's like apple pie à la mode in a glass.

    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
    8 oz. hard apple cider, chilled
    Dash of cinnamon

    Directions:
    Scoop ice cream into a glass and pour hard apple cider over it. Top with a dash of cinnamon, give it a stir and sip with a straw.

    -- Natalie, The Soho

    Thank you again Natalie for such a stylish drink! Every week we look forward to something new to sip on and we loved this one as much as her previous Frocktails, a gin fizz and sangria, both of which also deserve a spot on your drinks menu. Lastly, be sure to shop our Frocktober calendar for the perfect dress to wear while serving up these cocktails!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, October 11, 2013

    We are so excited to welcome the weekend with the second installment of our Frocktails series, graciously hosted by Natalie of The Soho blog. In honor of Frocktober, Natalie will be sharing a cocktail recipe every week this month on our blog, inspired by one of our dresses. This week a rich autumn hue lead Natalie to whip up an indulgence in the Spanish style with sweet sangria, so read on for her creative inspiration and easy to follow recipe!

    The drink that came to mind when I set eyes on this darling burgundy shift dress was sangria. I wanted to give it a seasonal twist, so I incorporated pears, pomegranate juice and best of all, sparkling apple cider. All those flavors and the wine-soaked fruit (my favorite part!) make for a pretty delicious drink.

    Ingredients:
    1 (750 ml) bottle of red wine, Spanish or dry red wine
    1/4 cup brandy
    1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, triple sec or Grand Marnier
    1/4 cup pomegranate juice
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 apple, diced
    1 pear, diced
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 (750 ml) bottle of sparkling apple cider, chilled

    Directions:
    Cut apple and pear into cubes and toss with lemon juice. Combine all ingredients except the sparkling cider in a large container or pitcher. Cover and refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight if you prefer. When ready to serve, add the sparkling cider.

    -- Natalie, The Soho

    Let’s raise our glasses to another delicious frock inspired cocktail! We love seeing the creative libations that Natalie comes up with, and this sangria is no exception. She puts a fashionable spin on mixing up a drink, so don’t miss last week's Elderflower Gin Fizz cocktail and stay tuned for next Friday’s recipe.

    xo,
    Ruche


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