Welcome to the Fall edition of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! A big thanks to our fabulous host Lindsay– she always puts together a rocking’ tour of bogland. Make sure to check out the other fab tours as well. If you’re here from Dimples and Tangles, welcome! Jennifer always does an amazing job, right?! If you’re new here, I’m Shannon, and I’m an interior designer based in Washington, DC. I have some amazing surprises that I can’t wait to share with you, but I have to keep it mum for now! So today, I’m sharing a yummy cocktail recipe for Fall, and how I would style a tablescape for the changing seasons.
Since Fall really just started, and many people are still dealing with the heat, I wanted to come up with a color scheme that worked for this transition. I landed on rose gold and an aqua blue- blue is so popular for Fall, so I wanted to showcase it in a bright and fresh way.
I stopped by my favorite florist (Trader Joe’s) to pick up a bunch of mixes greenery and hydrangea. I used the easiest floral arrangement trick in the book to create three separate organic arrangements. Greenery like eucalyptus is perfect for transitioning into fall because it’s still lush and green, but it smells earthy and delicious.
You know what else I love about Fall? Cocktails. As soon as the weather starts getting a bit cooler, I stop craving rose and I start yearning for dark reds and spicy cocktails. But since it’s not-quite-full-blown-fall, I wanted to create a cocktail that was flavorful but still refreshing. Enter your new favorite drink: the Black Tea Gin Sour.
Black Tea Gin Sour
Ingredients: makes one cocktail
1 1/2 oz. dry gin
1 oz. Benedictine
1 oz. black tea simple syrup
White from one egg
Sprig of thyme (for garnish)
Black Tea Simple Syrup Recipe:
Bring one cup of water to a rolling boil on the stove. When the water starts boiling, remove from the heat and steep two black tea bags in the water for two minutes. Remove the tea bags, and slowly stir 3/4 cup of sugar into the water, stirring until it dissolves. Chill completely before using.
To make the cocktail:
Pour the gin, Benedictine, and black tea simple syrup into a shaker with no ice (aluminum shaker works best). Crack the egg, and separate the yolk from the white, pouring the egg white only into the shaker. Shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes, then add ice and shake for another minute to chill. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
If you’ve never had a cocktail with an egg white in it, you might be thinking girl, what? But I promise you- you haven’t lived until you’ve added one to your cocktail. Just like in a meringue, the egg white is harmless and takes on the flavors of the other ingredients. It gives it a frothy + silky feel, and really takes it up a notch. The benedictine adds a spicy flavor with a touch of honey, and the gin keeps it refreshing. I made this up based on what I was craving, but you can really create any drink with this formula using the liquor of your choice! Just follow the rule: liquor + liqueur + mixer + egg white and you’re good to go!
While I could only show you my dining table + tablescape today, make sure to come back to see some exciting updates I have going on over here! And make sure to visit the next stop on the tour, my fabulous friend Summer from Simple Stylings! Catch up on the tours so far this week and follow along here:
Monday: The White Buffalo Styling Co. Cassie Bustamante The House of Silver Lining The Inspired Room Cuckoo 4 Design Tuesdsay: Life on Virginia Street Place of My Taste The Chronicles of Home Sarah M. Dorsey Jennifer Rizzo