DIY: Make a Sweet Gift of Future Blooms

Winter may bring gloomy days, but our homes don’t have to be dull. You can brighten up decor with potted flowering bulbs, such as the fragrant hyacinth featured here. Purchase the bulbs inexpensively, plant in plastic nursery pots and wrap them in decorative paper and stringThe plants add a pretty, natural touch to a winter tablescape and can make lovely holiday and host gifts. Here’s how to do it.

I chose three hyacinth bulbs for their future white blooms and their similar size.

I chose three hyacinth bulbs for their future white blooms and their similar size.

Materials and tools: A4 kraft paper sheets or scrap wallpaper Scissors Tape Decorative string

Materials and tools:

A4 kraft paper sheets or scrap wallpaper

Scissors

Tape

Decorative string

Lay the potted bulb at the edge of a sheet of paper. Place it far enough from the paper’s edge to mask the lip of the plastic pot.

Lay the potted bulb at the edge of a sheet of paper. Place it far enough from the paper’s edge to mask the lip of the plastic pot.

Set the bulb up straight and wrap the paper around the pot.

Set the bulb up straight and wrap the paper around the pot.

Place some tape at the back to keep the paper in place.

Place some tape at the back to keep the paper in place.

Again lay the bulb on the table, with the tape at the back. Cut a piece of string and place it under the pot. 

Again lay the bulb on the table, with the tape at the back. Cut a piece of string and place it under the pot. 

Tie the string around the pot (one, two or more times) and make the ends even to form the perfect knot. 

Tie the string around the pot (one, two or more times) and make the ends even to form the perfect knot. 

Do the same with the other pots. You can mix and match papers and strings.

Do the same with the other pots. You can mix and match papers and strings.

This scrap wallpaper looks elegant, and a linen string adds a more natural touch.

This scrap wallpaper looks elegant, and a linen string adds a more natural touch.

Now you can arrange your bulbs wherever and however you wish, to brighten a room …

Now you can arrange your bulbs wherever and however you wish, to brighten a room …

… or dress your winter table. They also make gracious holiday gifts.

… or dress your winter table. They also make gracious holiday gifts.

By Catherine Dupon of Polly Papier

7 Delicious Rosé Cocktails to Up Your Hosting Game

As spring patio parties and alfresco dinners finally enter your social schedule, it’s time to add some new cocktail recipes to your hosting repertoire. If you’re looking for a signature drink that’ll wow guests, experts say one wine variety should be top of mind: rosé. A Drync study found that the blush-colored drop is expected to grow in popularity by a massive 196% this summer—yes, your Instagram feed will soon be awash with pretty, pastel libations.

Far from just a cocktail party favorite, says Dark Horse winemaker Beth Liston, rosé wine is surprisingly versatile. “Don’t let that delicate pink hue fool you. Rosé is a great choice for summer brunch, and it’s equally good with smoky backyard barbecue or fried chicken,” she says.

If your cocktail expertise is limited to 1) owning a bar cart and 2) mixing vodka with soda, don’t fret—we’ve got seven stunningly simple recipes to boost your entertaining game, care of a few of our favorite mixologists. Pop a bottle and prepare the glassware. These rosé cocktails taste as good as they look.

 

As spring rooftop parties and alfresco dinners finally enter your social schedule, it’s time to add some new cocktail recipes to your hosting repertoire. If you’re looking for a signature drink that’ll wow guests, experts say one wine variety should be top of mind: rosé. A Drync study found that the blush-colored drop is expected to grow in popularity by a massive 196% this summer—yes, your Instagram feed will soon be awash with pretty, pastel libations.

Far from just a cocktail party favorite, says Dark Horse winemaker Beth Liston, rosé wine is surprisingly versatile. “Don’t let that delicate pink hue fool you. Rosé is a great choice for summer brunch, and it’s equally good with smoky backyard barbecue or fried chicken,” she says.

If your cocktail expertise is limited to 1) owning a bar cart and 2) mixing vodka with soda, don’t fret—we’ve got seven stunningly simple recipes to boost your entertaining game, care of a few of our favorite mixologists. Pop a bottle and prepare the glassware. These rosé cocktails taste as good as they look.

Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Serves 1

Ingredients

3 oz. Dark Horse Rosé

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 halved strawberries

1 lemon wheel 

1 bottle club soda 

Strawberry and mint sprigs, to garnish

Directions

Gently muddle the strawberries and lemon wheel in a stemless wineglass so the juices and flavor are released. Add the simple syrup and rosé wine; then fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish the spritzer with a strawberry and mint spring.

Created by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Citron

5 oz. Wolffer Estate Rosé

2 basil leaves, ripped

1 lemon wedge

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1 1/2 oz. club soda

Directions

Muddle basil, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Next, fill the shaker with ice and add the vodka and wine. Stir, and pour unstrained into stemless wineglass. Finish it off by topping the cocktail with club soda, and garnish with lemon wedge.

Courtesy of Minibar

Serves 1

Ingredients

3 oz. rosé wine

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc

3 oz. ruby-red grapefruit juice

1 rosemary sprig

Directions

Fill lowball glass 3/4 full of ice, and build the ingredients over the top. Stir, and serve with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

Courtesy of Minibar

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 bottle Dark Horse Rosé

1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur

1 pack raspberries 

6 lemon wheels

6 grapefruit slices

1 bottle club soda

Directions

Combine the rosé, elderflower liqueur, raspberries, lemon wheels, and grapefruit slices into a pitcher, and refrigerate for one hour. Pour into wineglasses over ice, and top with club soda. Complete the cocktail with a grapefruit slice perched on the rim of the glass.

Created by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis

Serves 2

Ingredients 

1/2 cup blueberries, plus extra to garnish

2 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea

Ice

Sparkling rosé

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together blueberries, maple syrup, and fresh lime juice. Add the iced tea and ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into two champagne flutes, and top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with extra blueberries to add a burst of color.

Created by Gail Simmons

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 oz. vodka

1/4 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. Whispering Angel Rosé

2 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine cold rosé, simple syrup, vodka, and club soda in a chilled glass. Delicately swirl the glass to mix contents, and you’re done. Enjoy!

Created by Minibar

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cherries, sliced and pitted

1/4 white peach

Juice of 1/4 lime

2 sugar cubes

2 oz. club soda

2 1/2 oz. vodka

1 1/2 oz. watermelon juice

5 oz. rosé wine

Directions

Add the sugar cubes, lime juice, and club soda to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the cubes dissolve. Next, add the remaining fruit, vodka, rosé wine, and watermelon juice. Shake for 20 seconds to combine ingredients. Pour the unstrained cocktail into two stemless wineglasses and serve.

Created by Minibar

 

Originally posted on MyDomaine by by SOPHIE MIURA.