THREE WINTER COCKTAILS, ONE WHISKEY.

One of the greatest challenges of entertaining is coming up with a signature cocktail that appeases the pickiest of drinkers. Those who prefer something sweet and those who prefer something strong will likely never agree on just one drink. Which is why it’s much easier to pick one spirit and find different ways to serve it – preferably with a few crossover ingredients – so that everyone can enjoy.

three whiskey winter cocktails // coco+kelley

For winter cocktails, whiskey always seems like a good idea. So we teamed up with one of our favorite local distilleries – 3 Howls – to concoct three drinks using their Rye Whiskey for something sweet, something strong, and one wildcard for those who are a bit more adventurous!

three whiskey winter cocktails // coco+kelley

The palettes are similar in that they use nutty, orange and spice flavorings in each, but with their own unique flavor to set them apart. I imagine drinking all of these in a cozy winter cabin after a long day in the snow…

First? For those who like something a bit more sweet…

the apres ski cocktail - whiskey, vanilla and apple cider // via coco+kelley

The Après-Ski // serves 2

Combine apple cider, brown sugar, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat until warm – about 10 minutes. Pour 1 oz whiskey into each coupe, and add warmed cider mixture. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of vanilla salt.

*Notes ::  If you have regular apple cider, try this recipe for spiced simple syrup for flavor while warming the cider mixture. Make sure that glasses are heatproof or that mixture has cooled enough before pouring into glass, or it will break! 

The Walnut Old Fashioned // via coco+kelley

For those who like their whiskey a bit more on the traditional side. A spin on the Old Fashioned that adds a little extra nutty flavor…

Nutty Old Fashioned // serves 1

  • 2 oz 3 Howls Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ oz. Walnut Liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Solerno blood orange liqueur
  • 1 brown sugar cube
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange peel

Place sugar cube, orange bitters and orange peel into lowball glass, add a few drops of water and muddle until sugar begins to dissolve. Add whiskey and walnut liqueur, and stir. Top with large whiskey ice cube, stir again and serve.

The Snow Bunny - like boozy carrot cake! // via coco+kelley

I love carrot cake, so when I stumbled upon this recipe that called for carrot juice and whiskey, I was intrigued. For those willing to take a chance on something new, try this on your tastebuds…

The Snow Bunny // serves 1

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Mix and pour over large ice cube in a lowball glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and walnuts.

Notes :: While this drink is supposed to taste like a version of carrot cake, don’t for a second expect that amount of sweetness to come through. The walnut is actually a bit bitter, which is why the simple syrup plays a key role. I added a splash of cream for richness too. 

three winter whiskey cocktails // coco+kelley

I loved the flavors of all of these, and what I liked most is that for those willing to try them all, they’re quite complimentary! Another great ingredient to keep on hand for any of these drinks is St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram. It’s a delicious way to add a bit of boozy spice to drinks, and one of my favorite whiskey toppers.

Tonight, we’ll be whipping up the Après Ski cocktail for all. It’s just as delicious for the kiddos without the booze, which makes it easy to make in a larger batch for all to enjoy!

photography :: meghan klein for coco+kelley // styling by cassandra lavalle

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WINTER WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

If you’ve picked up the December issue of Real Simple, you may have seen a familiar name in there… (mine) referring to a little holiday tradition of foraging for items on winter hikes to add to our store bought wreath.

Well, after spending a day with McKenzie Powell – a good friend of mine and crazy talented floral designer – making wreaths from scratch at her workshop, I can honestly say that from now on there will be no more of this store-bought business…

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

McKenzie’s wreath workshop at our studio may have to become a tradition in itself, actually. The office was scented with the smell of fresh greenery, the students brought such great energy and creativity, and McKenzie’s husband, James, even provided cocktails for us all…

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

After a quick introduction and instruction, McKenzie set everyone straight to work, letting them choose from a gorgeous array of berries and greens, and beautiful vintage ribbons…

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

Students began by wiring on the greenery …

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

Then filled in with items like eucalyptus and berries…

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

With McKenzie’s guiding eye, I was so impressed with how the wreaths turned out!

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

And since the cocktails we whipped up for our students were so delicious, I thought I’d share the recipe! Thanks to James for this one!

wreath design class with mckenzie powell via coco+kelley

Winter’s Blush // serves one

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
  • pomegranate seeds (for color & garnish)
  • 1 stem rosemary

In the shaker, muddle 1 stem of rosemary (you’ll likely need to cut it to fit into the shaker!), a few pomegranite seeds for color, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add the vodka and some ice. Shake and strain into coupe, and garnish with a few more pomegranate seeds and a small sprig of rosemary!

Also if you’re interested in getting on our mailing list for future workshops, feel free to sign up right here! We’ll send you emails every time we schedule a new event at The Emerald Studio.

photography by cozbi jean for coco+kelley

6 responses on “WINTER WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

  1. annette

    What a pretty workshop, I really love that space, and think fondly about our time there with you. Happy Christmas and all the best in the New Year, I hope our paths cross in 2015 xx

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  2. franki

    Beautiful wreaths…and…they “aren’t just for Christmas.” Looking at fresh green wreaths embellished with “what’s on hand” is so…right!! franki

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RECIPE :: ROSEMARY PEAR PIE

You may remember this delicious recipe from my collaboration with Starbucks this past fall. Well, since the inspiration site we put together was seasonal, it’s since been taken down, and a few of you have asked that I now post the recipe here – a request I’m more than happy to accommodate!

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

A perfect mix of sweet and a touch of savory, this Pear & Rosemary Pie recipe one of my favorite things we’ve cooked up, perfect for the holidays and all winter long…

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie // makes one 9″ pie

Ingredients //

  • 5 bosc pears, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar (for dusting)

Directions //

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

To begin, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into approximately a 12″ round.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Cut to about 9″ and place in the pie plate, crimping around the edges. Place in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Next, peel, core and dice pears into ¼-½ inch pieces. In a bowl mix the pears, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon until evenly coated.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

In a small saucepan, slowly melt butter over medium heat until it begins to brown, constantly stirring. Add rosemary and vanilla extract, then quickly remove from heat allowing to cool a bit before pouring over pears. Mix thoroughly and then pour the pear mixture into the prepared pie pan.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Preheat oven to 400º. Roll remaining dough on a lightly floured surface, and cut into 8 strips (approximately 1 inch wide). Arrange 4 strips lengthwise across pie, then the remaining 4 strips in the opposite direction, alternately lifting the strips to weave the dough over and under, forming a lattice.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Trim the strips to the same length as the crust, and crimp the edges to seal. Brush the crust with a beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Chill for 15-20 minutes.

Place pie in oven at 400º for 10 minutes. Reduce to 375º and bake for 1 hour, tenting with foil if crust is browning too quickly, until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Let cool one hour before serving. And, then? DEVOUR.

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley

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HANDMADE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP PARTY!

One of my very favorite parts of Christmas is wrapping all the presents!! While I usually buy the paper, I love making my own toppers and tags, so was super excited with the lovely Brandy Brown of Marabou Design agreed to hosting a little gift wrap workshop where she showed us how to create one-of-a-kind handmade wrapping paper and toppers just in time for holiday gifting…

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

She also set up a little shop where everyone could purchase her new line of gorgeous wrapping paper! (You may have noticed I snagged a few rolls myself!) 

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

The seats were set with sweet treats and bows!

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

And Brandy showed how to whip out a small sheet of wrapping paper with nothin’ but a magic marker. I mean, even the most craft reluctant can get a handle on this kind of thing.

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Here’s how to make your own paper in just a few easy steps!

Start with a pattern in mind, and one word you’d like to repeat. For example, you could do stars, zig zags and “merry”.

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Then start by repeating the first pattern twice…

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Then, write in the word, or repeat the other pattern, then the word. Really, there’s no rules, but you can see how this gal made Brandy’s example her own with trees, stars, dots and ‘Joy!’

And yes, those are pipe cleaner toppers!

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Easy peasy, right? And you’ve got a happy handmade holiday gift wrap for friends and family that’s easy enough for the kiddos to do too.

A huge thank you to Brandy at Marabou Design and to Cozbi Jean for the beautiful photos!

Up next? Wreath design!!!

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GIFT GUIDE :: STOCKING STUFFERS FOR HIM + HER

I kinda had a panic attack the other day about the fact that I’m not even close to finished with my Christmas shopping, and then I remembered… I still had stockings to stuff too! I feel like I always do them at the last minute – throwing in socks and mini bottles of booze and whatever other random small items I can find.

This year, however, I’m trying to be more thoughtful and selective! So I hope this stocking stuffer gift guide helps you do the same!

coco-kelley-stocking-stuffer-gift-guide

1. faceted iphone case // 2. gold earbuds // 3. portable iphone battery // 4. eye brush set // 5. jo malone wood sage & sea salt (my fave!) // 6. all-purpose nourishing oil for men // 7. monogram cocktail napkins // 8. gold jigger // 9. leather decanter tags // 10. lip studs // 11. wrapped chain cuff // 12. striped tie

And because we couldn’t possibly fit them all in one guide… a few more picks for you to peruse! The first one is a personal favorite…

8 responses on “GIFT GUIDE :: STOCKING STUFFERS FOR HIM + HER

  1. Denise

    My stocking stuffers are relatively inexpensive. Gourmet chocolate bars, specialty jams, soaps, candles, kitchen gadgets, interesting fridge magnets, etc.

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  2. Marisa

    NO! I loved that Marc Jacobs phone case but your phone falls out of it so easily!! Mine shook around in the case and would then fall right out! I love his other cases but I would stay away from the faceted one!

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