We recently teamed up with BEING, a vegan bath and body product line based here in Portland. We wanted to showcase some fun and creative methods of self care for those days when you just need some time to yourself. Our solution? A long, hot bath and a delicious seasonal cocktail. We'll be showcasing a few of these to inspire your alone time.
BEING was born out of an intention to help people claim their right to take care of themselves. In this volatile world with ever-surging responsibilities, it’s easy to put yourself last and become disconnected. BEING is about taking the time and space to perform ritual, whether it’s mindfully treating the skin or feeling the embrace of fragrant hot bath waters, as ritual leads to being present. When being present, life isn’t just something that’s passively observed, but experienced fully, allowing you to have a sense of purpose. We believe that a great cocktail can put you in that same place, a sacred space of zenning out and enjoying yourself. Our bath cocktail series will delight your senses.
BEING products are:
The Settle Down Sipper
Shake well over ice, then strain into chilled highball glass. Top with a splash of soda and garnish with eucalyptus.
Apothecary Products: BEING // Styling and Photography: Maggie Jane Cech // Model: Natalie H.
We founded our company on a set of values, the most important of which is a commitment to use locally-produced spirits, ingredients, and garnishes whenever possible. As big brands commandeer words like "local" and "green", I find myself wondering if these words hold meaning anymore. We use our promise to source locally-produced products to promote our business and tell clients about the value of what we do, but does the benefit of this commitment ring true for you? Does it feel authentic to us? We know we want it to.
We thought about it a lot this week and wanted to share some thoughts with you around the use of words like "local", "sustainable", and even "organic". Jen and I believe these terms can only hold meaning for us if we invest in the practices that define them.
As an example, compare these two experiences.
You've probably guessed which one delights me, but let's think critically about this issue. Is one of these experiences more "precious" than the other? Is one of these experiences more harmful to the earth than the other? Is one of these experiences more detrimental to my community than the other? Here are some factors I considered:
We don't need imitation caramel color to trick our minds into thinking that this flavor is vanilla. Surely our taste buds can discern vanilla's a nuanced flavor. True vanilla extract should be a pale, clear preparation.
Locally-owned businesses tend to make more local purchases, requiring less transportation and generally setting up shop in city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to urban sprawl, overcrowding, habitat loss and environmental contamination. Vanilla doesn't grow in Portland, Oregon, so in both experiences, the beans had to travel some distance to get to me. If I decide to use vanilla, I have to take responsibility for this fact. Even so, I believe the one small glass bottle given in the second example is a better use of resources, because when it's empty I may reuse it for my own bitters or even return it for refilling if I find the time.
The process of becoming USDA-certified organic farm or producer is so lengthy and expensive that most small- and especially first-time business owners simply don't pursue it. Therefore, organic is a factor, but not THE factor, we consider as a brand when making our purchasing decisions.
The customer service is incredible in the second experience, because I've consulted with a Portions Master and authority in her field, someone with a better understanding than I of the products I need. There's no guarantee of this experience at Safeway, a brand that can't (or won't) empower its employees to taste, learn, discover, and share.
When you purchase from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, shops, and farms -- continuing to strengthen the commercial activity of the community. In Flower Hand Wellness, I have a friendship and business relationship, and this community member is able to support herself in part because of my purchase. Jeevan lives in Portland and is unlikely to leave anytime soon, meaning that she's emotionally and financially invested in our community’s health and future.
Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the unique character of this place, which adds to the value of our city as a destination, so tourism-based companies also benefit.
“When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
Thinking locally means being a good community member, which is why we share our Living Wage Policy publicly. When researching fine event bartending services on the West Coast, you may notice that our prices are a bit higher than our competitors. Mint & Mirth provides the highest level of personalized service to our clients, and this drive requires the very best quality employee, even at a bar-backing level. We are dedicated to providing our wonderful employees with a fair living wage, and our wage is higher than our local competitors by around 15%. By instituting a living wage policy, we are hoping to lead the marketplace in attracting and retaining the most qualified bar staff. We feel a responsibility to our hometown and our community. Given the success of our little company, it's also just the right thing to do.
These experiences have led me to decide that locally-sourced products will always be a part of the Mint & Mirth experience. I would love to hear more about what buying local means to you and whether these choices still feel significant for you and your family.
As always, I'm just an email away.
A few months ago, we worked with Sweetlife Photography on a fun pastel palette of blush and peach complemented by pops of corals, darker pinks, and spring greens, all inspired by the opening of a brand new Willamette Valley wedding venue: The Old Schoolhouse! It's a romantic and beautiful space to celebrate a wedding, and our gin cocktails look great against their lovely backdrops.
I’m pleased to bring you our original “Lady May Gimlet”, a light take on the classic Gimlet cocktail featuring Oregon-made gin and a unique blend of compressed tea leaves. Give it a try, and let us know how you like it!
Lady May Gimlet:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake well, then strain over ice and garnish with citrus.
Photography: Sweetlife Photography / Venue, China, Chiavaris: The Old Schoolhouse / Styling & Florals:Swoon Floral Design / Hair & Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty / Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Signature Cocktail: Mint & Mirth / Desserts: Rosycakes / Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed / Linens: La Tavola / Gown: “Marnie” by Watters from AniA Collection / Headpiece: Austie Eckley / Menswear: Hugo Boss from The Haberdashery / Bow Tie: Everett K / Shoes: Cole Haan / Models: Caroline Cassinelli & Noah Mahoney from Ryan Artists
Thanks to our friends and vendors below for pulling together this lovely dinner party:
Photographer: Celeste Noche / Design: Bramble Workshop / Florist: Old Town Florist / Paper Goods: A Luxe Contraband / Cocktails: Mint and Mirth / Catering: Ariela Rose / Aprons: Portland Apron Company
We recently designed a cocktail to watch during the spring meteor showers!
Our stargazing cocktail, "Navy Skies", features Oregon’s finest Crater Lake Rye, a smooth whiskey crafted from 95% rye grain and pure Cascade Mountain water. Its flavor is rich with deep toffee notes and a peppery spice that defines true American rye whiskey. The amethyst color and intense flavor make the perfect sipping cocktail with which to watch the night sky.
This dinner party has been featured on 100 Layer Cake!
In an Old Fashioned glass, add the syrup, bitters and orange peel. Use a muddler to gently press the orange peel to release the citrus oils. Pour in whiskey, shrub, and syrup, then stir. Add a dash of bitters (we used Hella Bitters) and voila!
How to make blueberry shrub (adapted from “Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining” by Denise Gee)
Cover blueberries and vinegar in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 days. Strain the mixture into a bowl and press berries to release all the juice. Discard the solids. Next, pour the liquid into a saucepan with sugar and bring to a boil, stirring for 3 minutes. Set aside and cool. Keeps in the fridge for 10 days.
We designed this ballet-inspired signature wedding cocktail for our friend Lane' at Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals. She'd been dreaming of a wedding styled around the delicate, feminine lines of ballet, and we were more than happy to come up with this delicious drink for her.
Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.
In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.
Thanks to these great vendors for their work on this pretty little shoot!
Shoot Concept/Styling/Rentals: Something Borrowed PDX. Venue: The Empress Estate. Floral: East West Floral Arts. Gown: Claire LaFaye. Suit: Mr. Formal. Makeup and Hair: The Bird Bones. Models: Ingrid Laselle and Jaylon Butte. Cake/Sweets: Lux Sucre Desserts. Invitation: Paper Bloom Studio. Signature Drink: Mint & Mirth. Linens: The Party Place
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