New blog , new sofa! Around the same time I moved my blog to WordPress, we took delivery of our new sofa. Inspired by the classic Chesterfield, we welcomed a nicely weathered sofa from Restoration Hardware. We so love the piece and decided to give it a proper welcome by inviting friends over for some cocktails and snacks.
I called it a BYOR party (bring your own recipe). Guests sent recipes of an old favorite or something new to try, and we supplied ingredients. The evening’s bar menu included The Libertine, Old Sydney Town Punch, and the Hemingway Daiquiri. My husband had a lot of fun mixing drinks in our ad hoc bar and, after a few spills and giggles, each drink was served. After a few sips, I had my favorite. For warm weather, I loved the Libertine with its refreshing mix of Elderflower, vodka, Green Chartreuse, and lime. Another nice one for summer, was the Hemingway Daiquiri with its grapefruit and rum flavors.
The punch was a pleasant (and delicious!) surprise. It had more of a fall and winter flavor, but I definitely enjoyed it now. This would be the perfect replacement for mulled wine, since it can be served warm and was wonderfully scented from the aromatic St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram (honestly smelled like Christmas!). The Allspice Dram would make such a perfect holiday candle scent, I threatened to email the idea to Martha.
Along with cured meats, duck rillettes, and blue cheese biscuits, I highly recommend serving Chicharonnes from Fatted Calf. It’s one of those so-bad-that-it’s-so-good foods. The spicy pieces melt in your mouth, the perfect accompaniment to cocktails. Until next time, cheers!