Over the past few months we have been slowly working on different parts of our house, and recently completed the very first room. The guest room was the only room in the entire house that did not require any large structural changes, only needing essential bedroom decor pieces, and standard improvements such as fresh paint and new lighting fixtures.
We painted the trim and doors throughout most of the house a soft color called ‘dusty gold.’ It’s delicate and subtle, adding variation without calling too much attention to itself. Decorative cover plates for light switches and outlets are other simple but effective elements that we installed throughout the house.
We put everything that a guest might need in the room, such as towels, toiletries, and a water carafe.
There is a small patio connected to the room, and we decided to give the exterior door a knob with a lot of presence.
We’ve already had my parents come visit, and it was such a pleasure to host them in our very own home. We’re very happy with how this room came out, and are excited to have a warm and welcoming space to host our friends and family.
Contrary to the light and refreshing cocktails of spring and summer, winter cocktails tend to be hearty, and even occasionally medicinal. The warming and comforting notes of these three cocktails make them some of my absolute favorites to sip on during the winter months, and each is a welcome treat when fighting off a cold.
Hot Toddy: A classic winter cocktail filled with spicy flavor, the hot toddy is a smooth sipper that’s incredibly easy to make at home.
1 cup water, 2 allspice, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1.5 oz bourbon. Bring water to a simmer in a saucepan, add all ingredients to hot water and mix well. Serve hot and garnish with lemon slice.
Penicillin: Incredibly complex in flavor, the penicillin cocktail was created as a general cure-all. The process of making the ginger syrup may be a bit time consuming, but delivers key flavor notes to this soothing cocktail.
2 oz blended scotch whisky, 3/4 oz ginger syrup,* 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz Islay single malt scotch. Add blended scotch whisky, ginger syrup, and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass with ice, pour Islay single malt scotch into glass so that it floats on top. Garnish with candied ginger and lemon peel.
*For ginger syrup: 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup peeled and sliced ginger, 1/2 cup sugar. Simmer all ingredients together in small saucepan until sugar dissolves, refrigerate any remaining syrup.
Brown Derby: One of our two specialty wedding cocktails, the brown derby is one of our all time favorites. The punchy citrus flavor of the fresh grapefruit juice combined with the sweet honey syrup make this the ultimate comfort drink.
1.5 oz bourbon, 1 oz grapefruit juice, .5 oz honey syrup (equal parts warm water and honey). Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.