A Backyard Summer Wedding

We did our first backyard summer wedding as the Arrangement Bar! It was for one of our best friends back at the beginning of June. The quaint wedding took place at a beautiful home in Highland Park, and we were so happy to give our friend the flowers of her dreams. The bride requested eucalyptus and greenery for the floral design with a touch of white blooms where the budget allowed.

For a heavy white accent, we used hydrangeas at the wedding alter and in bridesmaid’s bouquets; and for the bridal bouquet, we used white peonies, spray roses, queen ann’s lace and wax flower.

The boutonnières were made personal by wrapping them with the Bride’s Father’s old tie and then accented with copper wire.

We worked for 2 days straight learning the ins and outs of putting together flowers for a wedding. The end result reminded us how rewarding all the hard work of working with flowers can be! We make a darn good dream team and are ready to tackle the rest of the weddings we have planned this year. The only thing left is to work on our non-studio photography skills. 😉

We love you Spence! xoxo

August 1, 2017
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Basil Lemon Drop Martini

This Basil Lemon Drop Martini is easy peasy lemon-basil squeezy to make. No joke! It’s simply a fun twist on the typical lemon drop martini.

The key ingredient that sets this apart from the rest, besides the basil, is the Paula’s Texas Lemon liqueur. We try to avoid things like triple sec and simple syrup as often as possible, and fresh liqueurs like this are always the best solution. Plus, we love that it is a local Texas brand!

This cocktail is perfect for a pre-night out or even better- get yourself some plastic martini glasses and sip this by the pool! The freshly squeezed lemon mixed with the light touch of basil make this the easiest-to-sip martini you will ever taste. Our favorite part about it though is that it is not too sweet like the typical lemon drop.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

3 oz. vodka – our go to is Monopolowa
1 oz. Paula’s Texas Lemon
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
3-4 basil leaves
Sugar for rim

Smash the basil in your hands to release the aroma. Put all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with lemon and basil, if desired.

Enjoy this fun twist on the classic lemon drop martini. And remember- never stop exploring fun ways to change up any cocktail!

Cheers!

May 31, 2017
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Raspberry Whiskey Sour

This Raspberry Whiskey Sour has quickly become one of our favorites, despite the practically limitless ways there are to enjoy your preferred whiskey. The slight vanilla bean flavor from the TX Whiskey mixed with the lemon and raspberry give it just the right amount of sweet and sour. (Like Sour Patch Kids, but better.)

You can throw this cocktail together so easily using so few ingredients. The typical whiskey sour contains sugar and sometimes egg white – for the adventurous type- but we like to keep things simple. The less sugar a drink has the better: sugar = hangover (amiright?!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make this TAB Original:

Ingredients
3 ounces whiskey (We use TX Whiskey for the best flavor)
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1.5 ounce Paula’s Texas Lemon
fresh muddled raspberries + some to garnish

Muddle your raspberries in the bottom of your cocktail glass. Add remaining ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain over ice or straight into your glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

There you have it. Even those who are not huge fans of whiskey will love this simple sweet and sour Raspberry Whiskey Sour. Firestone and Robertson is a local Dallas distillery and we highly recommend going for a tasting if you are in the DFW area. Note: their tours sell out quick so make sure you plan ahead!

Enjoy!

May 11, 2017
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Strawberry Frozé

Summer is almost here which means a batch of poolside and patio drinks are underway at TAB. This Strawberry Frozé is first up and its definitely one you will want in your recipe book this year! We try to only create and promote quick and easy cocktails that won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen, and even though his one takes prep time a day in advance it is super simple and can be thrown together in under 10 minutes.

This mixture of frozen strawberries, agave & dry rose will have you feeling refreshed under the hot summer sun in no time.

Ingredients
16 oz dry rosé wine
1 lb of fresh strawberries
3 tbsp of agave

Remove all stems from your strawberries. In a blender or food processor combine the strawberries, rose and agave. Blend together until smooth(be careful not to over blend where it becomes foamy). In a 9×12 baking dish pour the blended cocktail into a thin layer. Place the dish flat in the freezer for at least 12 hours or for best results 1 day in advance. To serve scrape with a fork to until the entire mix has been shredded into fine ice. Scoop with a spoon and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced strawberries on top.

*You can use any kind of pan you have on hand just make sure you get a thin layer to freeze. If you pour it too thick it won’t freeze or break up well.

Enjoy!

May 8, 2017
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Kombucha Whiskey Cocktail

We are so excited to add our peach kombucha whiskey cocktail to the blog! A cocktail rich in antioxidants can only be good for you right? At least we think so!

This simple recipe is flavorful and refreshing, and will make you feel good about sipping it! The combination of whiskey, fruit, and kombucha come together to create a classy cocktail full of good energy. The peach mint Kombucha is sweet, tangy, and the perfect addition to a good bottle of whiskey. Buddha’s Brew is the brand we like best for making cocktails with since it has just the right balance of sweet/sour.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Only 3 ingredients and super fast to throw together whenever you have that whiskey craving.

Ingredients
4 oz buddha’s brew peach mint kombucha
2 oz whiskey (we love Eagle Rare which is definitely worth trying if you can find it)
4-6 fresh mint leaves for garnish
whiskey ice ball or cubes

In a glass combine the kombucha & whiskey then give a gentle stir with a stirring spoon. Top with an ice ball or whiskey cubes, garnish with a mint leaf (or 2) and enjoy!

Cheers!

April 27, 2017
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Spicy Cucumber Margarita

If you liked our Ginger Beer Paloma – you will definitely want to try out this Spicy Cucumber Margarita.

It seems like a weird combination – spicy and alcohol (or does it?) – but it is surprisingly so tasty and refreshing. The cucumber provides the smooth, cooling taste while the fresh jalapeño gives it just the right bite.

The best part is that this cocktail is made with 100% real ingredients, and not any of that sugary mix that people usually use to make margaritas.

Ingredients

3 oz. silver agave tequila
1 tbs agave nectar
2 large limes, juiced
1 medium navel orange, juiced
peeled and sliced cucumber (about 4-5 slices)
sliced fresh jalapeño (typically about 2-3, but depends on how spicy you want it)
salt for rim

Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in salt. Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Pour into glass – sip and do a happy dance.

100% fresh and 100% natural is how we prefer to drink our cocktails.

Enjoy!

April 20, 2017
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Garden Rose & Eucalyptus Bouquet

This bouquet is a perfect example of the saying less is more. When designing bridal bouquets there are 2 directions you can take. You can either go extravagant or simple, and because they are fresh cut flowers the outcome will always be full, lush and beautiful.

This is the definition of a simple bouquet, we only used red monster garden roses & silver dollar eucalyptus. Since the garden roses are so dense and structured we chose this less saturated and flowy eucalyptus to complement them. To accent the simplicity of the bouquet we wrapped the stems with a gorgeous, long, off-white shimmer lace. We fell in love with this mixture & can’t wait to share it with future brides!

Enjoy!

April 12, 2017
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Strawberry Blonde Beerita

When we say this Strawberry Blonde Beerita is summertime in a glass we are not exaggerating, this is definitely the perfect poolside or patio cocktail.

This recipe is easy to make and is crisp & refreshing between the lime margarita flavor mixed with the blonde beer. Sometimes flavored beers can be overwhelming but this one is so subtle and light, its a new favorite! We love to use locally made products as much as possible and we are definitely lucky to have such great craft beers here in Texas!

Here’s how you make our Beerita:

Ingredients
1 small naval orange
3 limes
3 oz. silver tequila
1 tbs. agave nectar
3 strawberries
2 Strawberry Blonde Shiner beers – find where you can buy some here
Himalayan sea salt (for glass rim)

In a shaker (ours is this one from Anthropologie), muddle the strawberries as much as possible. Squeeze in the orange juice and lime juice. Add tequila and agave. Load about halfway with ice, and shake it like a polaroid picture (bringing the early 2000’s vibes back, oh yeah). Swipe a lime wedge around 1/2 of your cocktail glass and dip in the sea salt. Pour the strawberry margarita into your glass, and top with a crisp, ice cold Strawberry Blonde Shiner. Garnish with sliced strawberry and lime, or plop them in there for added flavor.

Go sit on your patio or by a pool pronto, and enjoy!

Cheers!

April 5, 2017
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King Protea Bouquet

We have been eyeing King Protea ever since we began this flower blog and we finally had the opportunity to use it in a bouquet and we are obsessed with how it turned out! The cool thing about this bouquet is because of the variety of stems we chose, this mixture of flowers could pair well with any style of wedding; bohemian, chic, tropical, backyard, or classic.

*This bouquet is made of protea, pincushions, traditional roses, seeded eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and wax flower.

March 29, 2017
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Ginger Beer Paloma

Fresh & simple Ginger Beer Paloma Cocktail – Our take on a classic drink with an added funky ginger twist.

Any day is a great day for tequila (especially hump day), but after National Margarita Day (and too many margaritas in general) – we wanted to change things up a bit.

The combination is simple. These are just classic Paloma cocktails, but with ginger beer instead of club soda. 

Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoons honey – use less if you don’t want it as sweet
1/4 cup tequila (if you prefer a more tequila taste, add more)
1/4 cup ginger beer – or just fill to rim
Himalayan salt for the rim
grapefruit/ lime slices for garnishing

Pour grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey, and tequila into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Then, pour your cocktail into salt rimmed margarita glass – top with ginger beer. Add a small wedge of grapefruit and lime for garnish, if desired. 

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – make this your signature cocktail and you will be the life of the party.

Cheers!

March 22, 2017
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