Yesterday’s French Magnolia inspiration board was the jumping off point for today’s post! Created by Maggie Battista, Chief Tasting Officer and founder of Eat Boutique, this signature cocktail is an elegant take on an Arnold Palmer: St. Germain meets Mason jar. Gorgeous photos by White Loft Studio.

Says Maggie, “Made with a fragrant Black Ceylon tea, this sparkling sweet tea cocktail whispers of picnics in lush gardens. I infused the tea into the simple syrup, creating a concentrated sweet tea flavor. This recipe is for one drink, but I like to multiply by ten and make it in a big glass pitcher. Sitting outdoors with friends during a summer cocktail hour, it makes the perfect apéro.”

 

Sparkling Sweet Tea
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
• 1 oz tea-flavored simple syrup (see recipe below)
• 2 oz organic vodka
• 1/2 oz St. Germain liqueur
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 oz club soda
• lemon slices for garnish

Directions:
1. Make your tea-flavored simple syrup following the recipe below.
2. In a large mason jar (with a lid) or cocktail shaker, add simple syrup, vodka, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Add 4-5 ice cubes. Put the lid on and shake, shake, shake.
3. Strain into a little jar or glass and top with club soda. Add a few more ice cubes and lemon slice for garnish, and serve.

 

Tea-Flavored Simple Syrup
Feel free to use any black tea that makes you happy. I chose a pure Black Ceylon blend that has rose and lavender made by Bellocq Tea, Brooklyn, New York, but your favorite black tea will work just fine.

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup organic sugar
• 2/3 cup water
• 2 teaspoons of your favorite black tea

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, simmer the sugar and water in a pot until dissolved. Remove from
the heat.
2. Add the tea to the still hot syrup and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and cool.
3. Use immediately or store in the fridge (covered) for up to 2 weeks.

*To make an easy cocktail where the tea flavor really shines, simply add 1 oz of the simple syrup to a flute, then top with chilled Champagne or sparkling wine and serve.

 

Find lots more yummy cocktail recipes on Maggie’s site, Eat Boutique, where she also shares the best small batch foods, shares recipes, and more. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, Maggie also curates seasonal, regional gift boxes (engagement or wedding gift maybe?).

Photos by White Loft Studio.

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DIY: Sips & Sweets

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Using yesterday’s inspiration board as a starting point, Jess imagined a simple wedding reception of sips and sweets, with adorable little layer cakes and pretty pink Depression-era glass plates.

What are some of your favorite cake flavor combinations? We like banana cake with caramel buttercream, sponge cake with lemon cream and fresh raspberries, coconut cake with passion fruit curd, dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting…

The other element that Jess created from the inspiration board was a beautiful invitation suite. There’s no reason doing it yourself has to look DIY! All you need is a gorgeous font (we used Belluccia, available for just $39), a decent printer, and hand-cut envelope liners if you’re so inclined (Paper Source has an envelope liner kit to help you out).

A huge thank you to our newest sponsor, Rebecca Hansen, for these beautiful photos!

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We thought it would be fun to do a little DIY project based on yesterday’s Deco Glam inspiration board… a sugar-rimmed champagne cocktail and hand-stamped coasters made with linoleum block stamps on heavy weight paper (downloadable instructions below).

For the cocktail, top 1/2 ounce of St. Germain with champagne, then garnish with an orange twist. Add an extra special touch by dipping the rim of your glasses in lavender sugar.

If you’re not especially DIY inclined, dress up store-bought madeleines with a simple icing design - Donsuemor are my favorites.

A big thank you to Heidi from White Loft Studio for the beautiful photography!

 

Download Jess’s instructions for the DIY coasters right here.
See more Snippet & Ink DIY projects right here.

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Last week I posted a simple paperwhite table from our new project designer, Jess. Today we’ve got gingerbread! If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. For her gingerbread centerpiece, Jess used a kraft paper runner, powdered sugar “snow,” and cookie houses and trees.

Festive plaid napkins add a little color to the otherwise neutral table (we found these at T.J.Maxx for $1.50 apiece).

The fun thing about Jess’s two tables is that they needn’t be limited to a wedding – both would be perfect for a holiday party. Also, if you’re not the baking type, you can always buy pre-made gingerbread houses and decorate them however you like.

Fab photos by the Boston-based Rebecca Hansen for Snippet & Ink.

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