Cocktail Hour: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler


A Feteful Life: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler

Happy Almost-Fourth! We’ve got the perfect cocktail for your holiday BBQs. Super easy to make with a great sweet-sour balance. And you can leave out the alcohol to make a fun sparkling drink for the kids, too.

Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler (slightly adapted from The Kitchn)

– 2 ounces vodka
– 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 ounce cherry simple syrup (recipe below)
– sparkling water
– fresh basil for garnish

Combine vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Pour over crushed ice into a glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh basil. If making it for kiddos, shake lemon juice and simple syrup only. Pour over crushed ice and top with lots of sparkling water.

Cherry Simple Syrup (from The Kitchn)

– 1 cup water
– 3/4 granulated sugar
– 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted*

In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding solids. Chill to room temperature.

*if you don’t have a fancy cherry pitter (I don’t), you can push the cherry pits out using a pastry tip.

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DIY Geo Craft Party

A Feteful Life: Geo Craft Party

It’s no secret that we are obsessed with all things geometric right now. I’ve had my eye on so many different geo projects, I can hardly keep track and I’ve been going back and forth about what kind of party I wanted to have to incorporate them. Then it hit me: why not just have a party about the crafts themselves?! A group of friends + a few geo crafts + some little bites to eat + a great cocktail = DIY geo craft party (plus a little present to take home).

Here’s what we used to pull our bright crafty party together:

1. A Feteful Life’s “Get Crafty” double-sided inviteyou can find it in our Etsy store right here.

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

2. DIY Geometric Party Favor Boxes — I printed Minico’s awesome templates onto brightly colored paper, and folded and glued them together. I also added a little sparkle with Martha Stewart’s fabulous glitter. To use them as favor boxes, simply leave one side unglued, add party shred inside, and glue a few strands of shred to the open flap. When dry, tuck the flap in, but don’t glue it. You can then open the box by pulling on the strands.

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

3. DIY Geometric Wooden Bead Necklaces — I purchased two sizes (large and small) of wooden beads and painted them with coordinating colors of acrylic paint (leaving some sides blank and glittering others). String a few on a waxed cord and you’ve got a cute accessory that fits right inside the geometric party favor box.

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

4. Easy DIY Hexagonal Garland — As if I didn’t already have a problem collecting crafting supplies, I found Fiskar’s hexagon hole punch and I’m never looking back. It’s love. I punched a whole mess of hexagons and taped them onto gold and white baker’s twine to make garlands, which we then ran down the center of our crafting table to make a runner.

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

5. Drink + DIY Geometric Drink Stirrers — This yummy, fizzy cocktail (we also added a bit of sparkling water) was delicious and matched the colors of our craft party perfectly. To make the drink stirrers, I hot-glued a large and small painted wooden bead (see 3 above) to the end of a 10″ bamboo skewer. I love them.

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

6. Food! — Last, but not least, I pulled together a few geometrically-inspired bites to nosh while crafting: pretty macarons; a few little chocolate and caramel treats; and a selection of tea sandwiches arranged geometrically, including:

  • cream cheese + smoked salmon + baby cucumbers
  • curried chicken salad
  • goat cheese + chives + corned beef
  • sharp cheddar + tomato + watercress
  • prosciutto + brie + apple

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A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

A Feteful Life: DIY Geo Craft Party

There you have it. Until Studio Fete is up and running, you’ll have to host your own craft parties. But at least we’ve given you everything you need to pull it off. Fete on!

Cocktail Hour: Celery Cilantro Cocktail

A Feteful Life: Celery Cilantro Cocktail

Despite today’s plummeting temperatures in our neck of the woods, I swear that spring is right around the corner and this fizzy celery cilantro cocktail is a perfect fit for the season. Honestly, its a bit of an odd taste combination at first. But it’s really a nice, light drink that will keep you in those spring skinny jeans. Plus, it’s green and would be a great kickoff to a St. Patty’s Day celebration.

Celery Cilantro Cocktail (from Skinnytaste)

1 ounce Absolut Citron
3 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp simple syrup (or 1 tbsp agave, 1 tbsp water)
5-inch piece celery, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp seltzer

In a mixing glass or pitcher, combine celery and cilantro and muddle together with vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass filled with ice and top with selzter. Garnish with celery greens and cilantro.