Rosé Sangria

This light, dry Sangria is perfect for serving with brunch or with hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy!

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1 to 1 1/4 bottles of dry rosé*

1/4 to 1/2 c. orange liqueur

1 c. sliced, fresh strawberries

1/2 c. raspberries

1/2 pear, sliced

1/2 lime, sliced

simple syrup, optional

fresh fruit for garnish

Combine wine, liqueur, and fruit in a glass carafe. Chill for about six hours. Taste. If desired, sweeten with simple syrup. Pour into wine glasses – ice cubes, optional. Garnish with fruit. Enjoy!

* Preferably a dark colored rosé from France or Italy.

Gold Strike

We had another beautiful wedding yesterday. It was sunny and 75 degrees out – perfect for a garden wedding, despite still officially being winter. (This morning it is 32 degrees, so we got lucky – again!) The bride and groom chose yellow, white, gray and black as their colors – which was an elegant, yet sunny and cheerful theme. I didn’t have a moment to take pictures yesterday, but here is a photo that I took this morning of one of the gorgeous Gold Strike roses that we used for the arrangements. Have a lovely day!

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Unsung Flowers

White miniature carnations tend to receive little attention when brides choose flowers for their bouquets. Yet these sturdy little flowers are quite beautiful and delicate-looking when used as a filler with the right companions. Shown here with yellow-green hydrangeas, these unsung heroes are a perfect match for the showier stars of the arrangement. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Blushing Kiss Martini

I’ve been thinking about ideas for Valentine’s Day and I came across a cocktail recipe from Bakers Royale that I thought would be really nice for the occasion – or  for a bridal shower! The combination of flavors in this is slightly tart, slightly florally, and quite refreshing and pleasant.

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Blushing Kiss Martini

2 parts Gin

1 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1 part fresh Grapefruit Juice (preferably ruby red or pink grapefruit)

Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of ruby red or pink grapefruit. Enjoy!

(The Baker’s Royale version calls for the drink to be stirred with, and then garnished with a sprig of thyme; but I am not a huge fan of herbs in my drinks, so I omitted that. Their version also called for the drink to be poured through a fine strainer, but I think that leaving a bit of pulp in the drink shows that it was made with fresh fruit. I also tried this with a Maraschino cherry, which worked nicely. It’s all a matter of personal taste. Cheers!)

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Roses from Bridal Show

For The Morning Star’s booth at yesterday’s Manhattan Bridal Show, I bought four dozen pink, white, and pink-and-white roses, plus white, peach and pink alstroemeria, and branches of lemon leaves to make into arrangements for our booth. Connie, Anne and I enjoyed visiting with people who stopped by and we received lots of compliments on the flowers.

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Thank you to Connie and Anne for their help and thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Orchids Indoors

Laurie:

I decided to share some of my orchid photos since Radiant Orchid is the pantone color of the year.
Have a lovely weekend!

Originally posted on A Taste of Morning:

If it weren’t for my houseplants, especially blooming ones, I would suffer terrible garden withdrawal pains during the winter months. Thankfully, several of my phalaenopsis orchids, which I keep by a kitchen window, have recently started blooming again. Here are a few photos of these beauties that I took this afternoon. I hope that you enjoy them.

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Geraldine Roses

Some pretty flowers to bring  a happy end to one year and a happy beginning to the next  …

Geraldine roses are a sweet bubblegum-pink color with guard petals tinged with light green. These roses mix beautifully with lighter shades of pink and cream and are lovely in pastel-themed bouquets.  They are also lightly ruffled and have a high petal count, adding to their charm.

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