Romantic Bridal Bouquet

We have a few friends getting married this summer so wedding flowers are on our mind and we couldn’t be more excited! To get some practice we got together this past weekend and made a couple of our first ever bridal bouquets and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. These were so much fun for us to create (with a vodka drink on the side of course) and while we were super proud of our first ones we definitly learned from it and feel ready to take on the real deal for our bride friends in a couple months!

We knew we wanted to do a dark romantic bouquet that was mixed with draping greens to give it a more dramatic effect. We headed to the flower market and pulled some dark blooms to use as our base. Red monster garden roses & deep purple ranunculus set the tone for the greenery we wanted to mix in with it. We picked out dollar eucalyptus, hanging pepperberry, and seeded eucalyptus and then for a little extra color we added in the amaranth.

And you can’t forget the boutonnière! With just a few pieces of these beautiful stems we were able to put together a simple, modern, and romantic boutonnière that was the perfect compliment to our big bouquet.

We hope you swoon over this beautiful bouquet of flowers just as much as we did 🙂 If you or anyone you know is getting married we are open for all wedding business.

*This bouquet is made of monster garden roses, ranunculus, dollar eucalyptus, hanging pepperberry, amaranth, and seeded eucalyptus. 

 

March 16, 2017
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Raspberry and Thyme Prosecco

Our Raspberry Thyme Prosecco cocktail is perfect for when you don’t have much thyme, but want to make the perfect cocktail in a quick prosecco. Corny jokes aside, this cocktail requires little effort but is so incredibly delicious! If you don’t have time to make the thyme simple syrup, don’t fret. It’s just as good with a fresh sprig in there though it will taste more raspberry-y and you won’t get as much of the herb flavor.

Ingredients
3-4 raspberries
2 Thyme Sprigs (for garnish)
½ Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup
¼ Tbsp. Raspberry Liqueur (or raspberry vodka)
1 bottle of dry Prosecco – *NOT SWEET*

Muddle 3-4 raspberries in the bottom of your champagne glass. In a separate cocktail mixing glass add the simple syrup, raspberry liqueur/vodka, and about 5 oz. of Prosecco. Gently stir and once mixed carefully pour into the champagne glass over the fresh raspberries. *Be careful with the carbonation to pour slowly so it does not overflow.  Lastly garnish the glasses with raspberries and thyme sprigs.

This raspberry and thyme cocktail highlights these beautiful and bold flavors in the best way, and is the perfect drink to serve for brunch over the weekend or any special occasion!

Be on the lookout for our post on how we make and store all different simple syrups for our cocktails ahead of time.

Cheers!

March 9, 2017
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Tulips & Lavender

Tulips are everywhere which means Spring is just around the corner and even though in Texas it has felt like spring the entire month February we are excited for all the amazing things that come with the season!

Time change is a big one but the most exciting for us is all the Spring flowers that are coming to the markets.  Heres a quick arrangement to get you inspired for some Spring arranging!

Tulips, Lavender, Rosemary, Baby’s Breath, & Queen Annes Lace

March 2, 2017
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Blackberry Gin & Tonic

We love a good Gin and Tonic in all it’s simplicity but this blackberry gin & tonic takes the classic to a whole new level.  If you’re not a gin fan or unsure, the gin in this cocktail discretely hides beneath the fresh muddled blackberry flavor! The best part about our recipe is no simple syrup is required; its quick and easy to mix together and is refreshing on the soul!

Ingredients (makes two cocktails)
10 blackberries
6 ounces gin
tonic water
ice

Drop 5 blackberries into the bottom of your cocktail glasses. Muddle the berries until they are juicy and fully crushed. Fill each glass to the top with crushed ice. In a shaker add 6 ounces of gin and a splash of tonic. Shake well and pour over ice.

Enjoy! 

March 1, 2017
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Manhattan with a Dallas View

We’ve got the city of Dallas in our Manhattan, literally. (The definition of serendipity, ha!) I know we aren’t the only ones who have seen people order a Manhattan in movies or tv shows and wonder what it tasted like. Right? I can’t believe with the whiskey lovers we are we have never tried one. Well, today that changed!

It’s safe to say that the Manhattan is now one of our favorite cocktails. The blend of the sweet vermouth and the bing cherries give it the taste of a cocktail without the sugar overload. So incredibly simple to make too.

Ingredients
2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon (must be a rye – we used Two Stars bourbon)
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters
bing cherries to garnish and add in for extra flavor

Stir liquid ingredients in cocktail mixing glass with ice, like this one. Strain into your  cocktail glass, and garnish with cherries. We like the Bada Bing brand cherries that we found at Total Wine.

This drink will have you feeling city-chic in 5 seconds flat, all you need to top it off is a perfect city view.

Stay Classy & Enjoy!

February 23, 2017
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Apricot Sage Rosé

You can never go wrong with a glass of a good dry sparkling rose, but when you dress it up with additional flavors- it becomes a perfect cocktail. This apricot & sage rosé is perfect for any spring or summer day, but why stop there? Use this recipe for any special pink occasion: Valentine’s day, a baby shower, or birthday party!  This recipe won’t disappoint.

Make sure to pick a dry Rosé when making this recipe. You don’t want to overdo the sweetness.

Ingredients:
For the Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 bunches of fresh sage leaves

For the Cocktails
fresh-squeezed juice from 3 apricots
sage simple syrup
ice cubes
champagne
fresh sage leaves for garnish

To make the simple syrup: combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean resealable container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

To make the cocktails: vigorously shake 1/4 cup of fresh apricot juice and 2 tablespoons of the sage simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 1/2 cup of rose and garnish with fresh sage leaves

Enjoy!

February 13, 2017
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Valentine’s Day Bouquet

What is the best part of Valentine’s Day for you? For us it’s definitly the flowers! (In close second are the conversation hearts). We put a unique twist on the typical V-day rose bouquet this year. Don’t get us wrong, we have a serious love affair with garden roses, but why settle for such an easy staple?

We created this bouquet with our favorites in mind, and that’s the way it should be! Flowers will definitely brighten your loved ones day, but a unique bouquet of their favorite flowers will earn you some serious brownie points. This Valentine’s Day earn the extra brownie points by spending a little extra time shopping around the 3 for $10 at Central Market, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods and put together something she will love. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is a thoughtful and beautiful way to fill any girl’s love tank!  

Our Valentine’s bouquet it made of : peonies, hydrangea, carnations, waxflower, white veronica, snapdragons, viburnum berries, cockscomb and seeded eucalyptus.

XOXO – The Arrangement Bar

February 9, 2017
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Grapefruit Sage Vodka Cocktail

This grapefruit sage cocktail is already so fresh and crisp. But, drinking it out of these amazing Anthropologie copper mugs makes it that much better! At $24.00 per mug, they are a dreamy addition to any Pinterest-worthy bar cart!

The copper mug keeps this drink icy and refreshing – and has us dreaming of summer already!

Ingredients
1 – 2 fresh squeezed grapefruits + extra slice to keep in drink, if desired
1.5 – 3 oz. vodka
Sage simple syrup + extra leaves to garnish

Squeeze 5 tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice, and pour 2 tablespoons of sage simple syrup (recipe here) into a shaker, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. 😉 Strain into glass and add 1-2 shots of vodka. Top with either a flavored grapefruit water, or Izze grapefruit soda (this will make it sweeter). You can also use tonic water for no added flavor. Garnish with sage leaves.

It’s the perfect fizzy, fruity concoction.

Enjoy!

February 2, 2017
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Peonies & Magnolia Leaves

Not only is this peony and magnolia arrangement beautiful, but the cost is low which is an added bonus! We were able to pick these leaves from a tree at a park nearby, and only needed to buy 2 bunches of peonies from the store to complete.

This arrangement is easy to put together, and when complete makes a big statement piece. The mix of green & velvety brown leaves with the different size dark pink peonies gives a great texture and variety using only 2 types of stems. With the help of some floral foam, this arrangement is easy to form into any type of vase you have on hand.

 

Happy arranging!

January 25, 2017
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Vanilla Grapefruit Whiskey Cocktail

While we enjoy sipping a nice whiskey on the rocks – sometimes you just need a little something extra. This Vanilla Grapefruit Whiskey is a simple but delicious take on an all time favorite liquor. The vanilla bean is crisp, subtle, and perfectly balanced by the acidic fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

We are not fans of sweet cocktails, which makes this Dry Vanilla Bean Soda a great mixer find! Re-creating this libation is simple: Pour your whiskey shot(s) in a glass with the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice [over ice], top off with the Vanilla Bean Soda – and there you have yourself a quick cocktail!

Ingredients
½ cup Dry Vanilla Bean Soda (or 3/4 of a can)
3 oz. whiskey (Jack Daniels is our go to)
3 tbs (or more) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice + a slice to garnish

Cheers!

January 18, 2017
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