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5 Luscious Libations to Toast to Earth Day

By  April 22, 2014

Everyone’s taking a second look at their vanities, closets, and even their cabinets in honor of Earth Day. With the rise of farm-to-table dining and increased interest in organic foods, many are making more conscious choice about what they consume. To toast to their efforts, we’ve compiled some nature-themed cocktails with a few seasonal ingredients to sip and share:

 

Spring Suite by Weisi Li of Blue Hill

Spring-Suite

1 1/2 oz. American Harvest
3/4 oz. Spring pea puree*
3 barspoon Meyer lemon marmalade
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
5 Mint Leaves

Combine all ingredients in shaker.  Shake, double strain in a coupe.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

*For the puree: Boil a pot of water seasoned with salt (to the strength of sea water). Blanch the spring peas until sweet to taste. Then cool down immediately in a ice bath. Puree in a food processor or blender and add regular water to loosen (to the consistency of a very loose fruit smoothie). Strain through sieve.

Go Minty Green

Go-Minty-Green

1 oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 ½ oz. club soda
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 oz. sugar
Salt to rim (optional)

In a glass, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add tequila. Fill glass with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. If you want, rim your glasses with salt by rubbing the rims with a lime wedge and dipping in a plate of salt. Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with an extra sprig of mint.

Freshly Pick(l)ed by Weisi Li of Blue Hill

Freshly-Pick(l)ed

2-2 ½ oz. American Harvest
½ oz. Pickled green garlic juice
¼ oz. Pickled beet juice

Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake, double strain into coupe. Garnish with a pickled green garlic segment.

Earthy Essence

Earthy-Essence

1 ½ oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ oz. JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 ½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup

In a glass, muddle together sliced cucumber and tequila. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for one hour. Strain the cucumber tequila and combine with all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with reserved cucumber slices and a wedge of lime.

A Tonic from the Garden by Weisi Li of Blue Hill 

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1 ½ oz. Dill & Fennel infused American Harvest*
¾ oz. Thatcher’s Organic Blood Orange Liqueur
4 Sorrel leaves
Fever Tree’s Mediterranean Tonic Water

Bruise 3 sorrel leaves in shaker before adding the other ingredients.  Shake, strain over ice in a Collins glass.  Top with tonic water.  Garnish with a sorrel leaf. 

*For the infusion: place 2 ribs of slice fennel and 3 strands of dill straight into the American Harvest bottle for 24 hour prior.

How To: Throw a Frozen Party

By  April 22, 2014

Needless to say, Disney’s Frozen is all the rage right now, especially if you’ve got little ones running around the house belting out “Let it Go” all the time like I do. Surprisingly though, we haven’t seen a ton of Frozen parties come through over at HWTM quite yet, even though I know the demand for this theme is at an all time high. So…there’s no time like the present for a round up of some super creative, Frozen-inspired party inspiration, right?! Even if you’re not a fan of the film, many of these ideas could work really well for a Bundle Up Baby Shower, Ice Skating Party or Winter Wonderland Birthday party too! And remember that despite all the icy elements – Frozen actually takes place during the summer…so the warm summer months are actually the perfect time to cool off with this party theme!

Frozen Party Ideas

1. Snow Cap Punch – via Bubbly Nature Creations

These cute ice-cap decorated cups definitely pack a creative punch! And only 3 ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up this tasty treat in no time.

2. ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’ Favors – via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This entire party is chock full of adorable Frozen ideas, but I am just LOVING the build-a-snowman party favor bags! PLUS — Marina is giving away the printable for the bag topper for free! So sweet!

3. Elsa’s Snowflake Hair Barrettes – via Spoonful 

If your little ones are as in love with Frozen as mine are, they will go crazy for these adorable Snowflake hair pins. These could be for every day, but would also be great as party favors! Templates are provided, and you could use those for all sorts of other party decor!

4. Elsa’s Dress Cake – via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Like I mentioned earlier, there are so many cute ideas from this party I had to include just one more! This homemade Elsa cake uses an Elsa Barbie Doll at the center, surrounded by layers of cake to look like her infamous gown. Marina makes frosting the cake look easy, but make sure to follow her instructions and tips!

5. Snowflake Garlands – via The Handmade Home

By cutting layers of coffee filters, The Handmade Home found an awesome shortcut to making tons of paper snowflakes to use however you’d like! These garlands are super cute and would be great for a dessert table or photo booth backdrop!

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6. Frozen Kingdom Invitation – via Hostess INK

I am SUPER excited about this one, not only because it’s from our own shop, but because we’re all so happy with out it turned out over here! Brand new on our site, this snowflake covered Princess invitation would be the perfect starting point to a Frozen birthday party… and matching Frozen Kingdom Address Labels are available too!

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7. Frozen Cake – via Bubbly Nature Creations

Every party needs a cake (or is that just my opinion), so for an extra special nod to the movie, cool down with an ice cream cake! I especially love the blue sugar icicles — you could apply this method to almost any party (rainbow, all white for extra shimmery snow, or even a cool stained glass effect!)

8. Olaf Party Favors – via My Sister’s Suitcase

Olaf the Snowman is one of the most beloved characters in the film, making these Snowmen Snow Globes the perfect party favors! Even if you’re not planning a party, making these would be super fun to make with your kids.

9. Powdered Donut Snowmen – via My Sister’s Suitcase

Sometimes ideas are so simple and adorable, I wonder how I haven’t seen them before! Rather than stacking the powdered donuts, they shaped an orange starburst to look like a carrot nose to make the Snowman’s face. Add some mini chocolate chip eyes for an extra dose of sweetness!

10. Snowy Terrariums – via Tonya Coleman for Hostess with the Mostess

Terrariums are a huge decor trend right now, but here, Tonya switches up the garden look for a Winter Wonderland landscape, with white sugar for snow, some Christmas ornaments & any other snowy details you have lying around!

jen sbrantiContributing Editor, Jennifer Sbranti is a graphic designer and founder of Hostess with the Mostess®. HWTM brings stylish entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website, creative online community, and popular daily blog. Sbranti’s ideas have been featured in media outlets such as The Today Show, PeopleInStyle Weddings, Pregnancy, and Everyday with Rachael Ray. Sbranti resides in San Diego with her husband (& HWTM co-founder) Sonny Sbranti and their two young daughters, Macy & Rylie.

 

5 Creative Cocktails to Bump Up Your Easter Brunch

By  April 18, 2014

Easter Sunday is almost here, and every brunch spot in the city is sure to be packed. If you can’t snag yourself a table for your friends and family, another solution could be to host the holiday festivities at home. Aside from fueling up for an epic egg hunt, luscious libations should be on the menu to refresh your guests. Serve up any of these sweet sippers and let the fun begin:

The Bubbly Bunny

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1 oz. UV Lemonade
3 oz. Champagne

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a flute

Orchard Flowers by Hayley Jensen

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½ oz. Dry gin
½ oz. Elderflower liquor
Splash lime juice
3 oz. Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider

Pour gin, elderflower liquor, lime juice & cider into mixing cup with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Peach Swing

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1 1/2 oz. Cruzan Peach Rum
½ oz. Spiced Honey Syrup*
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
Lime Wedge
Soda
Lightly muddle Lime Wedge, Spiced Honey Syrup & Basil Leaves in a shaker. Add ice and rum. Shake lightly, pour into Collins glass over ice & top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of Fresh Basil.

*Spiced Honey Syrup
6 parts Honey
6 parts Hot Water
1/2 tsp. Cracked Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Combine 6 parts Honey and 6 parts Hot Water. Add 1/2 tsp. Cracked Pepper and 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon. Stir and set aside.

Easter Sangria

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2 Bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
1 12 oz. bottle of Peach Beer
3 oz. Triple Sec
2 sliced peaches
2 sliced apricots
1 container of fresh raspberries
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced orange
*Makes 15 servings

Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced fruit and berries. Add triple sec and stir gently. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!). Before serving, top with club soda. Stir gently and serve over ice.

Peach Cobbler by Joel Black

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1 1/2 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
4 Fresh Peach Slices
2 dashes Peach Bitters
3⁄4 oz. Lemon Juice
1 pinch Ground Cinnamon
3⁄4 oz Honey Syrup*

Muddle peach slices, peach bitters, lemon juice, ground cinnamon and honey syrup in a mixing tin. Add the bourbon and shake vigorously for 7 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a peach sprinkled with cinnamon.

*Honey Syrup
Combine 3 parts honey with 1 part hot water, and stir until completely combined.

Sweet and Ready to Eat Easter Treats

By  April 17, 2014

Everyone knows the Easter routine: After a trip to church, baskets are plundered, every egg in the hunt is found, and the dinner gets devoured. But the festivities don’t need to end when treats are involved. Whether you’re hosting a fete at home or hopping down the bunny trail to celebrate with others, these delectable delights are sure to end the holiday on a sweet note – no baking necessary:

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Handmade Easter Cake Pops, 24.99

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Peeps Cookie Gift Set, $19.95

Dinos-Karrot-cake

Dino’s 24Karrot Carrot Cake, $85

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Peter Rabbit Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny, $5

easter-sour-gummy-eggs

Easter Sour Gummy Eggs, $6.99

easter-cookie-cake

Easter Cookie Cake, $6.99

Danas-bakery-easter-box

Easter Box of Macarons, $30

easter-chick-and-egg-truffles

Easter Chick and Egg Chocolate Truffles, $19.95

5 Cocktails to Raise a Glass to Your Tax Refund

By  April 15, 2014

Tick, tock! Tax day’s almost up. While most of us have already filed electronically, we’re sure there are a few stragglers who need to head to the Post Office ASAP. Regardless of how much you’re expecting in your refund, it’s time to raise a glass to sending off your income tax info on time, and see what luxury item you can use your return on:

Penny Pincher

Penny-Pincher-Cosmo

1 ½ oz. Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. DeKupyer Triple Sec
Lime wedge

Add liquid ingredient to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Tax Return-Rita

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1 oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½  oz. DeKuyper Blue Curacao
2 oz. frozen lemonade
1½ oz. light beer
Cherries
Lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients and serve over ice, with or without salt. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Refund Spice by Marie Zahn

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2 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 tsp. Honey Syrup*
1 tsp. Raspberry Vinegar
Grapefruit Soda

Add the bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda, and garnish with a grapefruit peel or raspberry skewer.

*For the Honey Syrup:
In a small saucepans, heat one cup of honey per one cup of water. Stir until fully incorporated, let it cool and refrigerate.

Seeing Green

Seeing-Green

1 oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
2 oz. frozen limeade
2 oz. apple juice
1 Granny Smith Apple for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled or over ice. Garnish with apple slice.

Cost-Cutting Cucumber

Cost-Cutting-Cucumber

1 ½ oz. Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
3-4 oz. soda water
Cucumber wheel for garnish

Combine ingredients over ice and garnish with cucumber wheel

3 Classic Cocktails for Your Mad Men Viewing Party

By  April 11, 2014

The Mad Men final season premiere is almost upon us. Between peeling back the layers of inimitable Don Draper and following the rest of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price into the early ‘70s, there’s a lot to take in and eventually let go of as we watch the final episodes starting on Sunday. Whether your viewing party is in your home or just on Twitter, it’s time to slip into your chic ‘60s garb, shake up one of these cocktails crafted by Jim Beam’s Master Mixologist Bobby “G” Gleason, and prepare to bid the beloved show adieu:

 

Don’s Old Fashioned

Don's-Old-Fashioned

2 oz. Jim Beam Bourbon
2 dashes of aromatic bitters
1 cherry stem
1 half moon orange slice
1 -3 sugar cubes

In an old-fashioned glass, place sugar, and bitters dissolved in water. Fill with ice. Pour 1-1/2 parts Jim Beam Bourbon; add cherry, orange slice and lemon wedge.

 

The Mad Man Manhattan

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1-1/2 oz. Jim Beam Devil’s Cut
Dash of bitters
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
1 cherry stem
Ice

Combine and stir Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, dry vermouth, bitters, and ice. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Sterling’s Smooth & Sour

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2 oz. Jim Beam Black Bourbon
1 oz. amaretto liqueur
1 oz. triple sec
2 oz. sour mix
2 oz.lemon-lime soda

Serve shaken in a tall glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon.

Sheets That Will Provide the Best Sleep of Your Life

By  April 11, 2014

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After an incredible night’s sleep at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Rich Fulop went on a mission to secure the same sheets for his apartment in New York. Deterred by the price tag associated with that specific set — a whopping $800, he set out to find a comparable sheet, coming up empty handed.

Inspired by the idea of offering high quality sheets at an affordable price with a simple aesthetic, he returned from vacation with more than just memories – he came home with a business idea —Brooklinen. In the coming months, Fulop became a master in all things related to sheets – from thread count to materials to factories in order to launch the company. When it comes to quality, Brooklinen sources long cotton fibers for the Egyptian cotton that comprises the sheets and when it comes to affordability, he works directly with factories during their off times, in order to cut out a portion of the hefty price that generally is associated with quality sheets. While some other companies claim exorbitant thread counts, Fulop is quick to explain that 400 thread count (the thread count of Brooklinen’s sheets) is actually the highest count possible.

Beginning on April 21st, Fulop is launching a Kickstarter in order to get his business off the ground and his sheets into your home. Likened to Warby Parker, Brooklinen will ship samples of the fabric for free to the customer, offering gender neutral designs such as hotel whites and pinstripes. He’s achieved an undeniably low price point for such high quality — $100 for a set of sheets which includes two pillow cases, a top sheet and fitted sheet. In the future, Fulop plans to expand to six different rotating patterns, which will easily mix and match.

Chill Out During Coachella with Lacoste and Moët & Chandon

By  April 07, 2014

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Now that you’ve planned the perfect effortlessly boho chic outfits complete with your favorite sunglasses and stylish sneakers, it’s time to move on to what you will do once you’re actually wearing your festival look at Coachella.

We think you would be interested to know that Moët & Chandon are teaming up with Lacoste to host a beautiful pool party on Saturday, April 12th that will act as a true oasis in the midst of the Palm Springs desert by debuting the world’s first champagne ever crafted to be served over ice: Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial in what will truly be one of the most exciting weekends of the year.

As we embark on festival season, you can always count on GLAM to keep you updated on everything you need to know with our latest app edition, Festival Survival Guide.

Cheers!

5 Bloody Marys to Kick off Brunch Season

By  April 03, 2014

Finally it feels like spring in the city! And there’s nothing more synonymous with the season in the city than a Bloody Mary at an outdoor brunch. Stoli went on a “Search for Mary” earlier this month to find fresh takes on the classic cocktail from around the country, enlisting foodie/fashionista Katie Lee to shake up a few ideas of her own. Whether you head to your local hot spot or host your own get-together, these red-hued remixes are sure to surprise and delight:

Mary by the Beach

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10 oz. Stoli Vodka
1 45oz. Bottle of Low-Sodium Vegetable Juice
1 Lemon
2 tsp. Prepared White Horseradish
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Celery Salt
½ tsp. Kosher Salt
¼ tsp. Onion Powder
Hot Sauce
Old Bay Seasoning
Celery Sticks
Green Olives
Pickles
Crispy Bacon Strips
Lemon Wedges
Shrimp

In a large pitcher, combine the vegetable juice, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, kosher salt, onion powder, and hot sauce to taste. Chill until serving time. Rim the highball glasses with Old Bay. Pour over ice and garnish with a celery stick, shrimp, crispy bacon strips, olive, and lemon wedge.

The Red Snapper

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1 oz. Stoli Vodka
2 oz. Tomato Juice
1 dash Lemon Juice
2 dashes of Salt
2 dashes of Black Pepper
2 dashes of Cayenne Pepper
3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Add the salt, peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to a shaker glass. Add ice, vodka, and tomato juice. Shake, pour into a highball glass, garnish if you wish, and serve.

The Five Borough Bloody

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2 oz. Stoli Vodka
4 oz. Tomato Juice
1 bar spoon Horseradish
1 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 dashes Hot Sauce
½ bar spoon Sriracha
Pinch of Chinese Black Pepper
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Splash of Pickle Juice
½ bar spoon Ginger
Pickle Spears

Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass, and garnish with a pickle spear.

The Lone Star

Lone-Star-Dallas-Bloody-Mary

1 oz. Stoli Vodka
1 oz. Stoli Hot
½ oz. Lime Juice
3 dashes Chipotle Hot Sauce
3 bar spoons Texas Barnecue Sauce
2 oz. Tomato Juice
3 oz. Beek Broth
Smoked Bacon

Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass, and garnish with strips of smoked bacon.

The Mediterranean Mary

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2 oz. Stoli Citros
4 oz. Tomato Juice
½ tsp. Dried Basil
½ tsp. Dried Oregano
½ tsp. Dried Parsley
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ oz. Balsamic Vinegar
½ oz. Lemon Juice
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Balls
Fresh Basil

Combine the herb and liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a Parmesan cheese rimmed highball glass. Garnish with a mozzarella ball wrapped in basil.

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Kicks Off In NYC

By  April 02, 2014

FabergeEggNKIn anticipation of the DIY backyard egg hunts everyone is looking forward to creating this Easter, Fabergé teamed up with artists and designers to create the world’s biggest hunt with over 260 egg sculptures by leading artists and designers. Some of the designers responsible for this year’s egg sculptures were Curtis Kulig, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Jacques Torres, DCEVE for DKNY, Naeem Khan, Ralph Lauren, Jay Godfrey, Sarah Flint, Lela Rose and Warby Parker. The Faberge Big Egg Hunt kicked off on April 1st at 7AM and will run until April 17th at 11:59PM.

Throughout the hunt, participants will download The Big Egg Hunt app and use it to scan the code of each egg they find. Each week, participants are eligible to win a Fabergé precious gem stone pendant. Though the eggs are scattered throughout all five boroughs, we got a head start on our hunt by heading to Trump International Hotel & Tower to check out the three sculptures it is hosting. Naeem Khan designed the lustrous gold egg (pictured), interior designer Rachel Waldron crafted the modern “cracked egg,” and artist Minyan Huang constructed hers entirely out of folded dollar bills. If your personal egg count falls short of 260, though, not to worry—all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25th for everyone to enjoy.