It’s December 1st and, certainly, it’s busy. We’re in the final planning moments of our second local market, a Holiday Local Market taking place next week. I’m sourcing ribbon to wrap your market food gifts, creating hang tags for those gifts, speaking to food makers about final details and even signing on some wonderful last minute participants, including (get this!) Island Creek Oysters and one of the best little cheesecake businesses in the area. It’s going to be such a fun time.
But despite the madness, the best thing about the holidays is this: You have no choice but to slow down every few days and say, “Oh my goodness! It’s the holidays! And they only come once a year! And I bet savor this now!”
And that’s what I’m doing now.
Cocktail in hand, I’m sharing some photographs that I’ve been eager to share since they were shot almost one month ago. My photographer friend in food, Heidi Murphy of White Loft Style, met up with me to photograph gift boxes and I guess you can say, we got into the holiday spirit. We pulled all the marinating cordials and flavored sugars and dried citrus off my shelves and just started taking photos.
We broke open a bottle of Prosecco and started mixing and I quickly remembered, “Gosh, this is my absolute favorite thing in the world. Give me some infused alcohol and some sparkling wine, and I’ll make you a cocktail that forces you to slow down.”
So I’m taking a moment to chill and share some photos. Just a moment or two because I have several recipes to write before this weekend, when Heidi and I will get together again to photograph some of our favorite sparkling cocktails. We want to share those photos with you in time for New Year’s…
Until then, take a look at my Coffee Grappa – it’s deadly – and that Bacon Bourbon makes the best Old Fashioned.
I also have a holiday concoction, called Xmas Strong, that’s packed with spices and nuts and herbs and while it’s been around for a couple years, there’s always one person who connects with it each season.
The Apple Cordial is very special to me; I started it before my three-month trip to Paris last year and it keeps getting better and better.
Just wait until you see the Seckle Pear Cordial that’s hiding in the wings. I thought it wasn’t sweet enough and then Heidi sipped it and well… she straightened me out and helped me remember. Now, it reminds me of Normandy…
Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail? I’d love to try it out… I have so many cocktails already schemed up for our little photo shoot, but while I have everything sprawled about the counter, maybe I should try yours too? Merci!
Did you know we’re hosting our Holiday Local Market on December 10, 2011 in Boston? Meet, taste and shop for holiday gifts!
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.