7 Festive Holiday Cocktails from San Francisco’s Best Bars
With holiday crunch time officially upon us, we’re heavy into planning out all the details for our own festive holiday fêtes. We’ve got the holiday party theme down, the trendy Christmas decor on lock and almost have our menu all planned out. And yes, this includes the cocktails! With all the festive finger foods you’ll be whipping up this season, you’ll *definitely* need a few tasty holiday cocktails. To spark some inspiration, check out these seven cocktails from some of San Francisco’s best bars. Add one of these to your party menu and your guests will be full of the Christmas spirit in no time.
1. Browned Butter Spiked Eggnog: With browned butter-infused Applejack, egg, maple syrup and brandy, this is an elevated take on the quintessential Christmas classic. You’ll wonder what you ever saw in the store bought ‘nog in the first place. (via Rich Table on Snapguide)
2. Milk Punch: Forget Santa’s usual cookies and milk and leave him THIS instead. Made with dark rum, brandy, nutmeg and of course, whole milk, this drink tastes just like Christmas in a glass. (via 15 Romolo on Snapguide)
3. Harvest Moon: This frothy and festive libation gets its flavor from a mixture of asian pear puree, fresh lime juice and tequila. With that mega-punch of bright flavors, it’s certain to liven up any soiree. (via Third Rail on Snapguide)
4. Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider: If you’re looking for a simple classic to keep you cozy during a chilly night, reach for a cup of this spiked apple cider. Made with star anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger juice, bay leaves and a dose of bourbon, this drink is sure to warm you up from the inside out. (via Outerlands on Snapguide)
5. Loch Ness: Named after the smokey scotch used in the recipe, this drink gets its flavor from a mixture of apple cider, lemon juice and freshly grated cinnamon. It can take a little work, but the final product is so worth the trouble. (via Third Rail on Snapguide)
6. Spiced Wine: With spiced rum and a few dashes of orange bitters, this spiced sipper is a festive spin on your usual glass of merlot. Served warm, it’s a great holiday cocktail for all the wine lovers in the room. (via Burritt Room & Tavern on Snapguide)
7. American Gothic: This drink brings in the unexpected. With rye whiskey, cardamom and butternut squash puree (yup, you read that right), the cocktail sneaks in a hint of savory flavor that is both crazy and amazing. (via Third Rail on Snapguide)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)