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10 Thanksgiving Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Holiday Season

By  November 26, 2014

Regardless of who you spend Thanksgiving with this year, we know there will be lots of love and plenty of plates of food to feast upon. A festive fall cocktail can complement to a great meal, and these libations are perfect for not only raising a glass but raising the holiday spirit.

Fall For You

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1 oz. Belvedere Bloody Mary
½ oz. pressed apple juice
Dash spiced bitters

Build in a rocks glass with ice and top with Apple Cider. Garnish with apple, chili and cucumber slices.

Pumpkin Rum Old Fashioned by Eddie Fuentes from Finka Table & Tap

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1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
½ oz. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Syrup
2 oz. Caliche Rum
Orange Twist
Toasted Marshmallow
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Add the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a tumbler over ice and garnish with either a toasted marshmallow or roasted pumpkin seeds.

 Bitter but True by Chris Kearns of Burning Waters

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1/2 oz. Tequila Avión Reposado
3/4 oz. Lime
3/4 oz. Agave syrup
1/2 oz. Campari
5-7 Mint leaves
3 drops of vanilla essence
Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker, shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain over ice in a double rocks or double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Cruzan Peach Cobbler

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1 1/2 oz. Cruzan Peach Rum
1/4 oz. Turbinado Simple Syrup*
1/2 oz. Dark Sherry
1/4 oz. Blackberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Nutmeg
Orange Peel

Combine all ingredients over ice, shake and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with fresh grated Nutmeg & flamed Orange Peel.

*For the Turbinado Syrup: 

Combine 8 parts Hot Water and 8 parts Turbinado Sugar. Stir until Sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate. Will last for 30 days.

Elevated Outcrop by John McCarthy at Cedar Local

2 oz. Snow Leopard Vodka
1/2 oz. Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur
1/4 oz. Suze Saveur d’ Autrefois
1/4 oz. Coriander & Green Peppercorn syrup
1 dash Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Serve stirred with a large ice cube in a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon wheel or peel and fresh cracked coriander and green peppercorn.

Cider Punch by The Sea Fire Grill

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4 oz. apple cider
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. Ron Zacapa 23 year old rum
A pinch of fresh nutmeg
A pinch of fresh cinnamon
1 clove
1 quartered Granny Smith Apple (peeled)
1 quartered fresh orange

Mull apple cider, Granny Smith apple, orange and spices together. Then remove orange and blend, mixing in the grand marnier and rum with cider mixture. Chill for a few hours and strain. Add garnish if desired.

Berry Holiday Cocktail

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1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 oz. ruby red grapefruit vodka
2 oz. Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. black currant juice
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discard liquid, and place cranberries on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Chill vodka, Prosecco, and juices, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries. Reserve the rest for another drink.

Thanksgiving Harvest byTodd Thrasher

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2 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 oz. Pecan Peach Water*
1 liberal dash of Peach Bitters
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients with ice and stir for thirty seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a large lemon twist.

*For the Pecan Peach Water:
1 quart of Pecans, broken up
2 Peaches, roughly chopped
2 quarts of Water
½ quart of Honey

On a baking sheet spread pecans out evenly and put into a 300 degree, pre-heated oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until the oil starts to come out of the pecans. While you are baking the pecans, add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add honey and peaches. Transfer pecans to the honey mixture and reduce heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then strain through a fine chinois and then a coffee filter (there should be no solids in the final mixture).

Cranberry Orange Margarita

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1 ½ oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ oz. DeKuyper Triple Sec
4 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. orange juice
2 oranges
½ cup cranberries, frozen
2 tbsp. sugar

First make your garnishes. Freeze ½ cup of cranberries. Using a channel knife cut a long spiral from on orange (see if you can make it all the way in one try!) and cut into 6 inch pieces. Twist the peels around your bar spoon and reserve for garnish.

Zest the other orange with a spice grater to remove just the peel and none of the pith and combine with sugar.Cut the zested orange into wedges. Rub a wedge of orange around half the rim of your glasses. Roll the glasses through the sugared orange zest.

In a shaker, combine the rest of the sugar and orange zest mixture with the cranberry juice, orange juice, Sauza Blue Silver, orange liqueur, and the juice from the orange. Twist the orange peel over the drink and place on the prepared glass. Top with frozen cranberries and serve your cocktail!

Peachy Queen by Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark

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2 oz. bourbon whiskey
¾ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ tbs. brown sugar clove simple syrup
Two dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz. IZZE Sparkling Peach

Combine first four ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass and top with IZZE Sparkling Peach. Garnish with a pinch of ground cloves and toast to a peachy autumn.

To make the simple syrup, combine ½ cup brown sugar with ½ water in a saucepan with two dozen whole cloves. Heat on low until sugar is dissolved and allow to cool, then strain into a jar and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Sabrina Soto’s Top Tips for a Thrilling Thanksgiving

By  November 24, 2014

SabrinaSoto-Thanksgiving-TipsHosting Thanksgiving can seem like a daunting task, but HGTV’s haute hostess Sabrina Soto has a few insider tips on making the most of your seasonal spread.

Don’t Stuff Tom The Turkey – Well, not completely anyway if you need to save time. Soto suggests keep the stuffing separate for faster cook time. If time is really of the essence, you can serve the breast first to speed things up further. “The cooking time is faster for white meat and I find you have much less turkey wasted at the end of the day but still enough for leftovers,” she explained.

Stir Up Mulled Wine Slowly – Skip the stovetop this year and mix up your mulled wine in a slow cooker especially if you plan to serve a slew of sides. “Not only will you get rich flavors, but your stovetop stays wide-open for meal prep!” Soto noted. She likes to blend Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine with two teaspoons of ground ginger to kick her mother’s special recipe up a notch.

Get Familiar with Family Recipes – Mixing in a few family favorites alongside new ones you’ve discovered and collected will make the most of your holiday menu. You can even add different ingredients from your childhood to put a spin on a classic dish. “This year, I’m making my Heritage Stuffing – for me, adding a special ingredient like green plantains to a holiday classic is the perfect way to honor my Cuban heritage and make sure a piece of my family’s history makes it to the dinner table,” Soto shared.

Fashion Fresh and Festive Centerpieces – Gourds aren’t reserved just for pies and soups; they can also spice up the Thanksgiving tablescape. Instead of dotting the table with fall veggies, cut off the top third of the gourd with a sharp knife before scooping out the seeds and flesh. With a quick rinse and a water re-fill, you can add fresh flowers for a unique vase.

8 Gifts To Give Your Thanksgiving Hostess

By  November 24, 2014

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With the big Thanksgiving meal just around the corner, you’re either prepping your kitchen exhaustively or frantically shopping for the perfect gift for the hostess who’s prepping hers. Since we’ve always been taught to never show up to someone’s house empty-handed, bringing a wonderful hostess gift to your Thanksgiving dinner is a must. While it can be tricky to pick out something she’ll absolutely love, we believe it’d be hard for her to dislike any of the items on this list (maybe she’ll put it to immediate use on her Thanksgiving table!). There’s something cozy, something sleek, something trendy…and, of course, something sweet. Bring her one of these goodies and there’s no doubt you’ll be invited back for next year’s feast.


Glam, Gears, and Grapes: Winning Wine Country in a BMW

By  November 13, 2014

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If Chanel were an animal, Choupette the couture cat would be the feline up front. If Vogue were a haircut, Anna Wintour‘s chic fringed bob would become its representative. If Kimye were a food, some type of high-class caviar would probably best align with their aesthetic. Feel free to think of your own comparisons–it’s quite fun.

As for this round of creativity, I’m wrapping it up with what Glam would be if it were an automobile. The Glam girl, like myself, loves modern luxury and classic fashion with a fresh take, incorporating this type of aesthetic into her life through her savvy style. She’s elegant but practical, refined but with a wild side. The Glam girl is the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

This mega-babe motorcar was my mode of transportation for a tantalizing two day trip to wine country from the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way I became quite the car connoisseur, a French Laundry believer, and a Napa Valley hot air balloon ride alum. Follow my Instagram Diary for all the glam details on my gear-and-grape themed getaway.

 

 

 

The Nomadic Life: Charleston, South Carolina

By  November 13, 2014

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We are everywhere all at once. Whether we like it or not, we find ourselves on the road…a lot. Downside: Living out of a suitcase. Upside: We have hit up some pretty cool pit stops along the way. 

Charleston is charming year round, but November is the time to visit to experience that last bit of crisp yet cozy fall weather. The leaves have changed, the holiday season is around the corner and no city knows it quite like Charleston. Filled with seasonal events, this is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away.

Eat: The Oyster Bar at The Ordinary

It’s not ordinary.

Stay: Two Meeting Street Inn

Undeniably charming and historic. You are in Charleston, after all.

Do: The Holiday Festival of Lights

Starting November 14 James Island County Park transforms into a magical display of lights. Hands down one of Charleston’s greatest traditions.

tomboy kc bioTOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.

Holiday Hosting and Toasting With Veuve Clicquot and Minnie & Emma

By  November 13, 2014

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Festive sheaths and suits, glitzy and glittery decor, and a glass of sparkly–now that sounds like a soiree with style. If you’re playing hostess to a haute holiday party this season, bring this dreamy design to life with the help of Veuve Clicquot and Minnie & Emma.

The chic champagne brand and the gurus of the gifting world have come together for a limited-edition entertaining collection complete with sharp note cards and envelopes, patterned coasters and bottle tags, and dapper digital invitations. Each item boasts the iconic yellow hue of Veuve Clicquot alongside a slew of fun phrases. It’s an easy endeavor envisioning each piece bringing a holiday cocktail party to its full potential, starting with sending out the digital invitations to your guest list, bringing out the coasters and the drink tags during the actual entertainment, and following up with monogrammed note cards for your “thank you’s” post party. Detail with gold gilded everything along the way, of course.

The full collection of note cards and envelopes (20 for $68.00), coasters (24 for $48.00), bottle tags (24 for $48.00) and digital invites (free!) is currently available at www.minnieandemma.com.

Editor’s Pick: Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker

By  November 10, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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Music is daily necessity for me whether it’s on the commute to and from work, writing up the latest Beauty Buzz, or even just singing (badly) in the shower. While my headphones are always packed up and ready to go, laptops on the other hand don’t pump up the volume enough for me.

So when I need to turn my space into a dance party for one (or more), my latest music must has become Bose’s newest speaker. The small size means I can easily pack it into a travel tote to tag along to any venue, especially for any of my upcoming holiday soirees. I can pipe in music via an audio cord or Bluetooth and there’s a voice prompt to ensure the right device gets connected. The sound from speaker is full, natural, and loud once it’s connected and lasts up to eight hours, so the party can go on all night. Plus, it comes in a slew of colors to coordinate with your décor. Time to turn it up to 11 and let the music play! – Valis Vicenty

Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker, $129.95

 

Tis the Season of Sparkle with Starbucks and Swarovski

By  November 03, 2014

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Starbucks is getting an extra dose of dazzle this holiday season with some help from Swarovski.

The Austrian crystal brand created a series of tumblers embellished with its signature sparklers to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Starbucks’s iconic Christmas Blend. Highlights include a blinged out travel mug that arrives in a gift-ready wooden case and a crystal-adorned ceramic tumbler that accompanies a bag of the seasonal coffee. There’s even a shimmering Starbucks cup ornament to set off the rest of your holiday décor.

There’s no need to wait for the Black Friday to get into the spirit, as the collaboration is already available for purchase online. The only catch is the ornament will be the only item available to snap up in-store starting November 12. Consider the coffee-consumer on your shopping list taken care of!

5 Spooky Spirits to Serve at Your Haute Halloween Soiree

By  October 31, 2014

After all of the party planning and costume construction, Halloween is upon us! If you’re hosting a frightful fête this weekend, a classic cocktail won’t be enough to stir the spirits of your guests. Start you monster mash off right with one of these creepy cocktails and watch your party rise from the dead…at least until the sun rises. Muwhahaha!

Haunted Hacienda by John Henderson

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1 ½ oz. Pisco Portón
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Campari ice cube*

In a short rocks glass, combine Pisco Portón, sweet vermouth and dash of Angostura bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a SMALL pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will spur the Campari cube to melt.

*Campari ice cube: Overnight, freeze a mixture of Campari and water, at a ratio close to 50:50

Cruzan Black Widow

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2 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1/2 part Chocolate Syrup
1 part Milk
Splash Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass drizzled with chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry.

Pinnacle Spooky Pumpkin Pie

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2 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz. Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Sour
1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with graham cracker crust (optional).

Candy Corn Cocktail from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

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1 oz. Godiva White
½ oz. pumpkin spice liquor
1 oz. vanilla vodka
Splash of cream

Shake over ice and strain into martini glass top with fresh whipped cream

Cacao Corpse Reviver Numero Dos by April Wachtel

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¾ oz. Solbeso
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Cocchi Americano and Absinthe Foam*

Build all ingredients except foam in a mixing tin. Add ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with ample topping of Cocchi/Absinthe foam.

*For the Cocchi Americano/Absinthe Foam:
Isi cream whipper (whipped cream canister)
1 cream charger (use 2 if you want more bubbles)
1 gelatin sheet
4 oz. Cocchi Americano
½ oz. absinthe (or several droplets for visual effect)

Send Your Seasonal Salutations with Marchesa

By  October 30, 2014

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Marchesa’s glamorous design aesthetic has reached beyond the red carpet to our vanities and homes with partnerships with Revlon and Lenox. But now the brand is extending its reach even further to everyone’s mailboxes with Tiny Prints.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have partnered with the online stationary boutique for a series of seven designs pulled from Marchesa’s Scottish Highlands-inspired Fall 2014 collection. The collection features holiday cards, address labels, and thank you notes in the brand’s signature ornate detailing in black, cranberry, gold, and saffron – a perfect fit for the decadence of the season. “I know our customers are going to fall in love with Marchesa’s ornate, jaw-dropping designs which are translated perfectly to paper this holiday season,” Meg Bohnert, senior trends expert at Tiny Prints, told InStyle. “With inspiration taken straight from the runway, the Marchesa designs round out Tiny Prints’ highly-curated, trend-forward holiday collection.”

Season’s greetings!