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Festive Winter Cocktails

Festive Winter Cocktails
Just in time for New Years Eve! Here are several festive winter cocktails inspired by the season!
Special thanks to ONEHope Wines + Beth for their help and assistance!
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients Needed:
• 2 parts ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• 1.5 parts St. Germaine
• 2 parts Club Soda
• Ice

Directions:
1. Fill cup with ice
2. Add sparkling wine, St. Germaine + club soda (in that order)
3. Cheers to a new year!
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients:
 ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• Cranberry Syrup (see directions below)
• Club Soda

Directions
Cranberry Syrup:

1. Combine 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water in a sauce pan + bring to boil
2. Add in 1 cup of fresh cranberries
3. Stir for 1-2 minutes while boiling
4. Remove from heat + pour mixture through a strainer into a glass to remove cranberries
5. Set syrup aside until mixing in drink.

Drink:
1. Pour 2 parts sparkling wine with 1 part club soda
2. Add in cranberry syrup till appropriate tartness is achieved

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festive winter cocktails
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients:
• Hot cocoa
• Milk/Soy Milk
• Peppermint Schnapps

Directions:
1. Prepare hot chocolate as preferred using either milk or water (up to you!)
2. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps
3. Garnish with whipped cream or candy cane

Enjoy these festive winter cocktails, and let me know how you like them!

[All photos by Samantha Zachrich for From Rain to Shine. Special thanks to Beth Phillips and ONEHope Wine.]

Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Even though it is still 75+ degrees in Los Angeles, fall cocktails always sound good. Today I have three cocktails inspired by fall, and an awesome, no mess way to decorate your pumpkins! A huge thank you to ONEHope Wines + Beth for her help and the recipes! Enjoy! Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
• 4 cups apple cider
• 1 (750 ml) ONEHOPE Cabernet
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 orange zested and juiced
• cinnamon sticks
• cloves
• star anise
• 2 oranges peeled for garnish

Directions:
1.  Combine the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise in a large sauce pan.
2.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
3.  Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peels and cinnamon sticks.


Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
• 1 cups chilled vodka
• 1 pint pumpkin gelato (if you can’t find, vanilla gelato with a dash of pumpkin pie spice is a great substitute)
• 1/2 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine
• 1 cup ice
• Ground Cinnamon (for garnish)
• Ground honey graham cracker crumbs (for rimmer)

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy
2. Rim chilled martini glasses with graham cracker crumbs
3. Pour mixture into glasses and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon


Check out these PUMPKINS! All I did to decorate was use Jewel Tattoos metallic tattoos and placed on the pumpkins. So easy, so cute and a fun addition to any party table or decor!
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Fall Cocktail
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
2 cups pomegranate seeds
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup bourbon/whiskey
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juiceDirections:
1. Heat pomegranate seeds, water, sugar + cinnamon sticks in a medium sized pot over medium heat + bring to boil.
2. Reduce heat + let simmer for 10 minutes

3. Let syrup cool and use strainer to get rid of seed skin
4. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, ice + shake.

Enjoy, and let me know if you decorate your pumpkins with metallic tattoos!

[All photos by Samantha Zachrich for From Rain to Shine. Calligraphy by Beth Phillips. Special thanks to ONEHope Wine.]

 

Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
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The Set Up
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Summer Zest Party
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I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
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The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Sips
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

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Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
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Summer Zest Party
The Gals
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Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
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Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


Walking Downtown LA: Part 3

The final surprise on Saturday was a trip to the San Antonio Winery, located right past downtown Los Angeles. It is the only winery located in Los Angeles proper, and I had no idea it was there. What an awesome spot! I highly recommend going to this winery for a quick day trip if you don’t feel like driving too far, a girls day or great date spot. Plus, taking the metro eliminates the need to drive! (Win-win for all!) The winery offers a tour of their space, a cafe, restaurant and a tasting bar. They also have several of their own brands of wine that are quite delicious. I am a moscato + reisling fan, and I fell in love with both of theirs.
San Antonio Winery
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FR2S San Antonio Winery
 The cafe offers wine by the glass, as well as snack plates. We got the cheese platter and it was more than enough for two, and quite filling.
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FR2S San Antonio Winery
I can’t wait to come back to this winery! I also highly recommend the tour of the winery. It’s quick, entertaining and informative.

Sangria Saturday

Since moving to Los Angeles, I have developed a great love for sangria. I don’t know why it took so long for me to discover this. Fruit, pop (or soda, as many call it) + wine? Genius! This weekend, I had some girlfriends over to sip sangria and celebrate the summertime on my rooftop. I picked up some adorable paper straws, designed little menu cards and used mason jars for cups. I had two variations of sangria, and both were a big hit. I prefer my sangria to just be wine, rather than adding other types of alcohol to it. I find that it is sweeter, and doesn’t give you a headache. Sangria is the perfect compliment to Saturday brunch, or an after work BBQ. Both recipes that I used are posted below. Special thanks to my friend Ryan for some of her awesome pics below!

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FR2S Sangria Saturday

FR2S Rose Sangria

FR2S Sangria Saturday

FR2S Sangria Saturday

FR2S Sangria Saturday

FR2S Sangria Saturday

FR2S Sangria Saturday
Cheers to summer!

FR2S Sangria Recipes
The Summer Sangria recipe was adapted from here, DC Girl in Pearls simple sangria. Check out her blog, super cute!!

 

Malibu Wines

Who doesn’t love wine? Mix it with friends + a fun location + finger foods and you’ve got yourself a great day! I highly recommend Malibu Wines, but get there early on nice days if you want to secure a cute picnic table and space. You can either go wine tasting, or buy bottles of wine to enjoy.

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A very welcome entry!

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How cute are the light fixtures. Made from wine bottles and glasses from the winery.

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The decor is great! Definitely has a vintage winery feel going on.

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Added bonus: you get to take your wine glass home with you.