Balanced, sweet, spicy, and made by the feistiest bees on the block, this cocktail is sure to get your tongue a tingling.
We mixed chili honey with with absinthe and Aria Portland Dry Gin, distilled by hand in the heart of Northwest Portland, Oregon. Aria is a classic English inspired gin made using traditional British ingredients and distillation techniques and is true to the London Dry style. Aria was created by a seventeen-year professional bartender, for bartenders, with cocktails in mind.
The classic gin botanicals pack a lot of punch while the lavender brings out the floral elements. This sipper is perfect for those hot August days and will leave you wanting more.
Shake and strain all over ice. Garnish with lavender, gold flakes, edible flowers.
Photos by Esther Louise.
As seen on Green Wedding Shoes
How does one throw a tropical bridal shower? We’re glad you asked, because that’s what today’s post is all about. Here's everything you need to create an island-inspired interior.
For this gorgeous party, stylist Kimberly Wilder of Black Sweet Raspberry took inspiration from her honeymoon in the lush jungles of Nicaragua. She wanted to create a similar environment of tropical greens, and she pulled it off perfectly. Combining the rich textures of tropical florals with a bright, modern bridal shower, Kimberly looked to the talented photographer Maria Lamb to help capture a sunny, warm vacation “getaway”.
Now let’s travel south of the Equator for a fun and unique bridal shower!
The Decor + Backdrop
You can change the entire mood of the room by adding either large sheets of painted craft paper, or swaths of fabric! Both of those options help frame the space + can add a really fun + funky vibe to the walls.
The backdrop was a labor of love for calligrapher + artist, Marley Beyer. Marley created an oversized, overflowing water color jungle that pulled the entire room together.
Florals, florals, and more florals. Bramble Floral opted for giant monstera leaves, baby pink orchids, a sprinkling of bougainvillea, and punchy pops of sunset-hued flowers. To tie it all together and get the most bang for your buck, make sure to add in a lot of greenery (which typically is less expensive than florals).
Calligraphy quotes are a lovely way to dress up plain white walls! Got a favorite song or mantra? Use it. And of course, no decor scheme is complete without plush pillows.
If you have no idea where to start, don’t worry — it’s not that difficult to put together a delightful spread! This DIY spread is perfect, since everyone can customize their own and it’s less prep for you. Also, we LOVE the use of the halved coconuts for the bowl.
What You’ll Need:
Greek yogurt or vanilla pudding
Oats or a delicious granola
An assortment of nuts — sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, macadamia nuts
Berries — raspberries, strawberries, blueberries
For some extra sweetness — brown sugar, agave syrup, or honey
Mini donuts are always a hit! For a light protein dish, small bites of pork belly with a fruity spread make a delicious option. Any opportunity you can incorporate a cake — you should. Who doesn’t love cake? :) For a tropical-inspired bridal shower, it’s only fitting to have one that is filled with fruit! Oh and we’re crushing on the way each dish is labeled — so chic.
The Guest Attire
When you’re putting together invitations (Minted + Wedding Paper Diva have great options) and trying to figure out what to put down for attire, we suggest something like this: pull out that piece you love, but never know what event to wear it to! Or, for something more specific — don a flowing dress that makes you feel like an island goddess. Florals + light, bright colors are encouraged!
Giving off ultimate island vibes, Nai Zhao styled the ladies in long maxi dresses in cream, blush, + floral prints. Makeup artist Kristie Wight kept the gals looking fresh with dewy skin and peachy lips.
How fun are these hairstyles by Ebel Artistry? Perhaps you + your friends can try out possible looks for the big day during the shower.
Cocktails are a MUST, and this is the perfect time to whip up something fruity! We created some yummy cocktails for this party. Feel free to pop a bottle of rosé, too. Flavors to play with include: pineapple, mango, lime, orange, and passionfruit. Basically anything zesty or with a citrus flavor! Darling Press provided drink recipe cards, which are a great reminder for your guests to take home + make later. Garnish with mint, fruit, or maybe even a little umbrella.
For the tablescape, we love the use of teal + bright green, with neutral accents, and pops of gold. This palette reflects the ocean and perfectly rounds out the whole tropical island theme!
A little potted plant at each setting is a welcome ‘Thank You’ gift!
So bright + airy! For centerpieces, opt for lush florals or go green — as seen here with the monstera leaf.
A huge thank you to the dream team behind this Tropical Bridal Shower! Feeling inspired? We’d love to see your take! Leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram:
Photography: Maria Lamb Photography // Venue Name: Urbansphere, Portland, Oregon, Usa // Event Design: Black Sweet Raspberry // Planning: Ginger + You Events // Florals: Bramble Floral // Wedding Dress Boutique: Wardrobe Stylist - Nai Zhao // Hair Stylist: Ebel Artistry // Makeup Artist: Kristie Wight // Paper Goods: Darling Press // Calligraphy: Marly Beyer // Catering: White Pepper Pdx // Cake: Sweet Heart St. Johns // Tabletop Rentals: Something Borrowed // Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed // Models: Casey, Mika Rane And Beth Hanna
In tarot, The Emperor represents the breadth of our experience as well as triumph of wisdom. In this cocktail, the darkness of darjeeling represents experience, while notes of cherry and violet offer passion and energy for life.
IV: The Emperor:
Infuse tea into 750 ml (one bottle) of Aria Portland Dry Gin. Let it sit for two hours at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Strain out the tea.
Combine Aria Portland Dry Gin with lemon juice, Creme de Violette, Luxardo, and bitters in a shaker over ice. Shake hard until the exterior of the shaker tin is frosty. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
Photography by Marcela.JPG | Styling by Zoe Cope | Cocktail design by Mint & Mirth | Floral design by Island Girl Floral Design | Tarot by The Dark Exact | Venue: Workshop Vintage
Inspired by the creativity and fertility that the Empress tarot card offers us, we worked with a blend of Raspberry Leaf, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Nettles, Sarsaparilla, Red Clover, Pink & Red Roses, Lemon Balm and Lemon Myrtle to bring rose wine to life in a drink fit for a queen.
III: The Empress
Infuse tea into rosé. Let it sit for two hours at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Strain out the tea, then chill the bottle well in a fridge or over ice.
Serve in a champagne flute or wine glass, adding bitters just prior to serving.
Photography by Marcela.JPG | Styling by Zoe Cope | Cocktail design by Mint & Mirth | floral design by Island Girl Floral Design |tarot by The Dark Exact | Venue: Workshop Vintage
Ah, limoncello. So bright. So refreshing. So strong!
Traditionally, the Italian treat is enjoyed neat (sans ice), but we often hear from our clients that they find the drink too strong that way, that it needs something to temper the intense alcohol. We designed this simple recipe to meet those needs and give everyone a chance to enjoy this delicious concoction the way it was meant to be enjoyed...on a summer afternoon under a shady tree, or relaxing with friends, or going to a game. Enjoy!
Serve in a rocks glass (also called an Old Fashioned glass) filled with ice, adding bitters just prior to serving.
Our minimalist chic twist on the Airmail cocktail is featured in the current issue of Portland Bride and Groom Magazine!
The Airmail is a classic cocktail dating back to the late 1940's. In ours, we have used local PDX Bee Local honey, smoked in white oak, to play off of the woody notes of the rum.
Combine the rum, lime juice, and honey syrup and ice in shaker. Shake until tin becomes frosty. Strain into a chilled flute and top with Champagne. To garnish, slightly dampen the outside of the glass and gently apply gold leaf.
Smoked Honey Syrup recipe:
Bring water to boil, add honey, reduce heat and simmer for two minutes.
Thanks to our fabulous vendor collaborators: ZEST floral and event design, Crave Design, Dream Cakes, Bridal Bliss, The Party Place, West Coast Event Productions, Inc., Vintage Meets Modern - Event Rentals, Classic Vintage Rentals, Anna's Bridal, Portland Makeup & Hair!
We're back! This week we're featuring another bath cocktail made in collaboration with BEING, a vegan bath and body product line. 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.
The Pirate's Pick Me Up
Muddle bitters and lemon verbena. Add rums, ice, and stir until well chilled. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of lemon verbena.
Thank you to our collaborators! Apothecary Products: BEING // Styling and Photography: Maggie Jane Cech // Model: Natalie H.
For our second week of bath cocktails, we're excited to share a lusciously-herbaceous cocktail. Mix this up at your summer parties, and you're guaranteed to be the toast of the town. Or, make one for yourself as you unwind from a hot summer day...you deserve it!
For this drink, we used Haint Absinthe, the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Metal Winner produced by Dogwood Distilling in Forest Grove. At only $29 per bottle, this delicious 125 proof absinthe is clean, bright, and perfect for a relaxing evening at home. The distillers blend locally-sourced alpine herbs with Willamette Valley pinot noir in their handmade stainless steel still to make a stunning local product that we'll be using all summer long.
We recommend Haint Absinthe as a spritz atop any of your favorite summer cocktails, or as a disgestif after a big seasonal feast. The notes of wormwood, damiana, hyssop, fennel pollen, spearmint, and of course, star anise, are sure to kick up your evening and give you a refreshing delight of a drink.
Afternoon in Eden
Muddle mint and vanilla syrup, then add tequila and lime. Shake well over ice, then pour into a chilled glass. Float absinthe on top and garnish with a small bouquet of fresh mint.
We paired this drink with BEING's "Float" salt bath, a blend of French green clay, Dead Sea salt, and essential oils of peppermint and cypress.
Set amongst the lush natural landscape of Bridal Veil Lakes near the Oregon Columbia Gorge, this styled shoot was inspired by the romanticism of Arthurian legend and the feminist masterpiece "The Mists of Avalon". Our "Misty Diviner" signature cocktail features Eastside Distilling’s Portland Potato Vodka, St. Germain, fresh Sauvie Island lavender sprigs + star anise.
This is truly one of our favorite and most magical shoots we've ever worked on. We blended muted medieval elements with a romantic zeal for the natural world to create an enchanting playground for the modern bohemian bride. Gemstones served as guests favors, and blackberries with artichokes served as florals. Does it get any better?
decor + design: Something Borrowed // photography: Hazelwood Photo // videography: ANIKO Productions // florals: Swoon Floral Design // venue: Bridal Veil Lakes // paper goods: Royal Steamline // gowns: Holly Stalder, Kate Towers // hair: Hairpin // makeup: Event Cosmetics // cake + sweets: Artisan Cake Company // signature drink: Mint & Mirth // models: Meredith Adelaide, Cassie Meder // jewelry: Acanthus Jewelry // veil: Ellen Marie Design // abalone crown: Holly Stalder // silver chain head piece: Aetherium // gemstones: Best Crystals
We recently put together a fun citrus-filled afternoon cocktail party with Celeste Noche Photography, and I'm so pleased to be able to share this recipe with you. The cocktail is on the sweeter side. If you like a stronger drink, you can add an extra 1/2 oz. of spirit and reduce the measure of the vanilla almond syrup by 1/4 oz.
Featured in our new drink is some vanilla almond syrup from Poor Man's Kitchen, a delightful new syrup company that started in a Brooklyn apartment and has since found its way onto Bravo TV. Their syrups are made by hand in small batches using natural ingredients and contain no preservatives or artificial colors.
Try them in cocktails, make your own unique soda with sparkling or soda water, use with your home carbonating device, add some flavor to your coffee or tea, or simply get creative and let us know what you come up with. Be sure to tag #mintandmirth so we can check out your amazing creations.
Sunday Two Step:
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lime wheel, nutmeg, and Scrappy's lavender bitters.
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