A Cheery Warmly Goodly Wine

I so very much hope you had the very Happiest Christmas!

One thing that is sure to happen when we gather with family and friends is the raising of a glass or two! So in keeping with the spirit of the season I thought I would share a few cocktails we love around the Chalet. #slainte (pronounced: Slaancha - Irish for Your Health!)

In this scene from A Christmas Carol Scrooge’s nephew Fred is offering Bob Cratchit a glass of port… “The 5th essence of the Christmas Spirit!”

Champagne and Chambord

Champagne and Chambord

A glass of Champagne and Chambord is always yummy.

  • 1 ounce Chambord

  • 6 ounces chilled Champagne

    Method

    Pour chambord into flute add champagne and serve!

Dark and stormy

Dark and stormy

Always a crowd favorite: Dark and Stormy.

  • 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

  • Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

    Method

    In a tall glass filled with ice add 4 – 5 oz of Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).

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Eggnog is always a staple. Its a great non-alcoholic delicious option.

Lamarca

Lamarca

Everyone who knows me know my drink of choice is always a glass of Prosecco!

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

I grew up on Shirley Temples and now my son loves them!

Method

  • Start with Ice add ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

whiskey sour

whiskey sour

I can’t close this piece without a Whiskey Sour - a real sour made with an egg! It’s so pretty and a personal fav! But, it must be made with Jameson Irish Whiskey for this momma!

Method

  • Place the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Do not add ice yet.

  • Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (This is referred to as a "dry shake." It's good for incorporating the egg white before adding ice to the shaker.)

  • Add ice, seal again, and shake for 7 to 10 seconds more to chill.

  • Fit a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. This is referred to as a "double strain" and this method is used to catch any ice shards or pulp from the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

  • Garnish with a speared maraschino cherry.


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Raise a glass and know I am wishing you a brilliant New Years my sweet friends!

Cheers! Sante’! Skaal! Prost! Salute! Yiamas! Keskun!

Til next time!

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What's In A Card

The Christmas Themes continue over here at the Chalet! Today I’m sharing a bit about the special Christmas Cards I’ve incorporated into my decor.

2013

2013

I think you all know what a huge Nutcracker fan I am. This card from my husband for Christmas 2013 reappears as part of the decor every year.

I hope you can see how cute this pop-up card is we have for our Son this year.

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These cards are from beloved family members who are no longer with us. I pull them out every year and am so happy to re-read their loving messages.

Helen Flemming

Helen Flemming

This is an original Water Color Christmas Card by a friend of my grandparents Helen Flemming. It was sent in the 1960’s to my parents. I re-framed last year.

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You can see quite a few cards interspersed in the branches of our tree.

2014

2014

This cute Chalet card was a gift from my husband - he gifted it to me with hopes I would frame it and add it to the wall! You know my tag friends #saynotoemptywalls !

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Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Til next time!

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Holiday Decor Round-Up

Christmas as we know is the most wonderful time of the year! This week in keeping with the Season I thought I would share some (OK a lot) images that really resonated with me!

Emily a. Clark

Emily a. Clark

I must start the piece with this image from Emily A. Clark. I shared a link to it in last week’s post - this was the inspiration that led me to the Nutcracker display on my sideboard.

Bev Wilson

Bev Wilson

What an all out showstopper this amazing garland is! To see more check out Room Sauce!

Gwen Heffner

Gwen Heffner

How brilliant is this dark and dreamy space. Pop over to The Makerista and see her lovely home!

The most wonderful bits of color abound at Charlotte’s house and in her busy life.

Eddie Ross

Eddie Ross

Keeping with more color - how incredible is this lovely family room in Eddie Ross’s home!

There is so much more to holiday decor than simply a tree or the traditional colors. Here are fun displays by Turner and Moss, Paige Minear and Kimberly Duran.

Hayley

Hayley

Hayley of Mum Little Loves is a lady who’s design approach I admire so very much. Her blue and white home always leaves me gobsmacked!

Monday Monday Creative

Monday Monday Creative

This mantel display is perfection! The simplicity by Monday Monday Creative is stunning!

I am a huge fan of Nicole and her Sweet Domicile - her son’s room is so festive. I love carrying the decorations throughout your space and this is exactly what she has done brilliantly!

Jo Galbraith

Jo Galbraith

Jo Galbraith has a delightful home full of comfortable pieces; beautiful colors - soft blues and greens. It oozes charm! This year she went with blue and white for the first time with great success - it marries back to her chinoiserie effortlessly!

Simon & Jen

Simon & Jen

I will leave you with this stupendous image taken in London by The September Chronicles.

I trust you enjoyed these image of the decor created or found by so many talented friends - maybe you’ve been inspired or maybe you’ve been introduced to someone new! I hope so!

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Til next time!

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