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Festival Drinks: Pears, Pomegranates and Rosemary Oh My!

Thanksgiving is just 14 days away! Do you know what your will serve your friends and family? If you need some help in the drink department, I have compiled a list of my favs that are sure to get your guests in the holiday spirit.

Autumn Sangria (via from Sally McKenney Quinn)

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Serves 6-8


  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving

  • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced (I prefer Honeycrisp)

  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced

  • ⅔ cup pomegranate seeds

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (I suggest a Pinot Grigio)

  • 2 cups apple cider

  • ½ cup brandy

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

  • Club soda, for serving


  1. Place the cinnamon sticks and fruit into a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours (6-8 hours is best!).

  2. Pour the sangria and fruit into glasses. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes (or overnight)

Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer (via A House in the Hills blog)

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  • 1 bottle prosecco (chilled)

  • 2 ounces peach schnapps (chilled)

  • 4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 ounces pom juice

  • 1 small bottle mango flavored soda water

  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary

  • 1 fresh pomegranate

  • .5 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water


  1. Add 1 cup of water to a small pan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, bring to a boil.

  2. Add sugar to boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves.

  3. Remove from heat, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool.

  4. Clean and de-seed pomegranate. Set seeds aside.

  5. Pour prosecco evenly into 4 cocktail glasses.

  6. Add .5 ounces of peach schnapps, .5 ounces rosemary simple syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 ounce pom juice and a splash of mango soda water to each glass and stir.

  7. Add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass.

  8. Allow the pomegranate seeds time to float to the top of the glass and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary. 

Pear Rosemary Cocktail (via from Kelly Carambula)


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  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 sprigs rosemary


  • 1 1/2 ounce pear brandy

  • 1/2 ounce rosemary syrup

  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2-inch sprig of rosemary


1. To make the rosemary syrup: Combine the sugar, water and 3 sprigs rosemary in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove rosemary before bottling.

2. To make the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add pear brandy, rosemary syrup, Domain de Canton, and lemon juice. Shake for 15 seconds.

3. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with rosemary sprig.


So there you have it folks, a few cocktail options to make your next holiday gathering merry and bright!




Unique Bar Ideas and No I'm Not Just Talking About Alcohol

Usually when you are invited to a reception, birthday brunch or gala, you expect to see a bar.  Most often than not, that bar is stocked with liquor. One trend we have been seeing at industry and client events has been the alternative to or sometimes the addition of multiple bars especially activity and food bars. These can work for a number of settings and is a great way to uniquely show off your brand or personal style.

Activity bars are wonderful at both children and adult birthday parties, BBQs, graduations or other types of celebrations such as baby or bridal showers. They are well suited for casual and informal affairs. Some fun ideas include: perfume or cologne mixing bars, candle making or a nail bar. Children’s activity bars might include painting, jewelry making or a play doh making station.

Food and beverages are the second type of bar and the most common bars we see. And for good reason, food and beverages are the heart of an event and often the thing that people remember the most! Are you throwing an evening or outdoor event? Have you thought about having a s’mores bar? S’mores aren’t just for camping trips and beach bonfires. They are popping up on restaurant menus and can be elevated with the use of gourmet chocolate or other toppings like strawberries, peanut cups, or caramel. Food bars are great also because they are sometime the whole family will love.

I am also a fan of the popcorn bars. My sister had one at her 30th birthday bash. Popcorn can be made salty, sweet or savory! And of course there is also the ubiquitous dessert bar, you can't lose with a dessert bar with so many options it's tough not to please even the most picky or discriminating taste buds.

Still feeling stuck? Check out Pinterest, it is an amazing resource for sourcing ideas for your next party or company event. Use it to gather inspiration then edit like crazy.  While its very tempting to copy everything you see on Pinterest, resist and instead put your personal spin on it.  If you still need help or don’t have time to search Pinterest for event inspiration, give us a call!


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