Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
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I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

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Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Citrus & Spice Sangria

One of my favorite adult beverages to serve when I’m hosting a party is sangria. I just love how simple it is to make, and how the flavors can be so easily adjusted to match the holiday that you’re celebrating.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Today I tested out a new sangria concoction that I’ll be adding to my Thanksgiving menu next week. The colors and flavor profiles remind me of the season, complete with tangerines, sweet persimmons, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, elderflower liqueur and sauvignon blanc.

An instant fave, that truly tastes like Fall in a glass, if there were ever such a thing!

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria

A sweet and tart blend of fall fruits and spice, floral liqueur and white wine. The vanilla bean adds a smoothness with fruity floral notes from the liqueur, with a mild cinnamon finish.

Ingredients/Supplies

Medium sized pitcher

1 bottle of your favorite Sauvignon blanc (I chose Sauvignon blanc because it’s less sweet and has many floral notes. You could also try chardonnay or pinot grigio.)

1/2 cup St. Germaine – elderflower liqueur

1/4 cup Cointreau

3 tangerines sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 persimmons rinsed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (cut a few rounds into quarters and set aside for drink garnishes)

1 vanilla bean bruised

8 cinnamon sticks (2 for sangria remaining for drink garnish)

1 16 oz bottle of club soda or sparkling water

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place sliced persimmons & oranges, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean into your pitcher.

Add St. Germaine, Cointreau and the entire bottle of white wine.

Stir and place in the fridge, allowing flavors to blend for at least 2 hours (make up to 24 hours ahead.)

Add sparkling water or club soda when ready to serve. Add to taste.

Pour sangria into your favorite wine glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and quartered persimmons or tangerines.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

 This is a perfect make ahead low maintenance cocktail for the holiday. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Still 6 days and counting, but luckily I have this test batch of sangria to finish up just in time for the weekend! One of the many perks of blogging. Cheers friends and happy Friday!

More to share early next week!

xo

This specific recipe for Citrus & Spice Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Infused H2o

Today I’m sharing 2 new ways to add a little flavor and a lot of posh to your plain old water. Of course we all know how important water is for our bodies, but it’s so easy to grow tired of it. Especially when you drink it day in and day out as I do. But with just a few subtle additions, you most certainly won’t dread getting through those 8 glasses every day! Lightly flavored and so easy to customize, based on the fruits and veggies you love.

In addition to the refreshing flavors, infused water, which can also be known as detox water, has many health benefits. Depending on the fruits or veggies you choose to infuse, it can aid in weight loss, digestion and toxin removal, to name a few. Totally worth it!

I’ve enjoyed so many different flavors lately! My mom made a lemon and rosemary infusion that I loved and my most recent favorites are Mango + Lime + Cilantro, and Grapefruit + Rosemary. I usually drink a mason jar full after finishing up with pilates for the day.

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

If you’re not a fan of the herbs, feel free to just stick with just the fruits as they have a tendency to overpower.

Mango, Lime and Cilantro H2o

I just happen to really love these flavor combinations! The citrus notes paired with the mango’s sweetness and the freshness from the cilantro make such a delightful trio.

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/supplies

1 ripe small mango sliced.

1 lime sliced into rounds.

1 small bunch of cilantro.

1 pitcher that holds 24-32 ounces of water.

Purified water.

Instructions

Simply place the Mango into the pitcher and fill with purified water.

Place in the fridge and allow mango to infuse for at least 2 hours.

Add limes & cilantro at the 1 1.5 hour mark.

Serve in your favorite glasses and add a straw or 2 for a fun touch!

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit, Rosemary Infused H2o

This earthy citrus duo is surprisingly refreshing and addictive. 

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/supplies

1 small grapefruit peeled (to avoid bitterness) and sliced into rounds.

2 sprigs of rosemary rinsed well and patted dry.

1 pitcher that holds 24-32 ounces of water.

Purified water.

Instructions

Place grapefruit into the pitcher and fill with purified water.

Place in the fridge and allow grapefruit to infuse for at least 1 hour.

Add the rosemary at the 45 minute mark.

Serve in your favorite glasses and enjoy!

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

And of course this infused water not only tastes wonderful, but also looks marvelous when served at summer parties and gatherings, as the fruit and herbs add beautiful color in addition to flavor! Serve in mason jars, or glass vases and pitchers for and instant upgrade that your guests will love. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for reading and happy Father’s Day weekend! More to share soon!

xo

These specific recipes for Mango, Lime and Cilantro infused water and Grapefruit Rosemary infused water were seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Watermelon Lemonade

My absolute favorite homemade bevy to make as the warmer months approach is fresh lemonade. I’ve made many variations in the past and my daughter’s 2nd birthday was the perfect time to test out a new flavor. This time I switched things up by adding fresh watermelon puree, for a sweet spring-time twist!

The watermelon not only colors the lemonade a beautiful shade of pink (how posh) but it also balances the tart lemony notes, which are smoothed out by the homemade simple syrup. Such a delight! If you have yet to try this kind of lemonade, I highly recommend that you do! It’s fairly simple to make and no store bought brand can compare! It was an instant favorite at our Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration a few weeks back, enjoyed by everyone that attended!

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Watermelon Lemonade

Delish for afternoon barbeques and perfect for parties and backyard sipping on sunny filled days. Add a splash of sparkling water, or quickly transform into a refreshing adult beverage by adding fav spirits.

Ingredients:

1 large Pitcher.

6-7 Large lemons juiced. 1 extra lemon for garnish

4 cups of watermelon, cubed puréed and strained

1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar boiled for 1-2 minutes to make a simple syrup

2-3 quarts of purified water. (8-12 cups)

Mint leaves, lemon slices, raspberries and fresh watermelon for garnish

Instructions:

Boil sugar and water over high heat for 1-2 minutes to create a simple syrup. Allow to fully cool and set aside.

While sugar and water are boiling, cut lemons in half and juice them.

Pour lemon juice into a pitcher, using a strainer to the catch seeds.

Measure out 4 cups of cut watermelon and purée using a blender or magic bullet.

Pour puréed watermelon through a strainer to remove pulp and then into the pitcher of lemon juice.

Pour cooled simple syrup into lemon and watermelon mixture and stir.

Top the watermelon, lemon and sugar mixture already  with purified water, 2 cups at a time. Stir, and then taste before you add additional cups of water until the desired flavor is achieved!

I like to serve mine in fancy glasses with a few of my favorite garnishes!

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Enjoy!!

Here’s how we served the watermelon lemonade at my daughter’s birthday a few weeks back.

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Happy weekend and thanks as always for reading!

xo

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Margarita Ice Cubes

Hello Cinco de Mayo and hello margaritas with a fresh and fun twist!

The recipe is simple and features only a few components that quickly transform into a delightful delicious fresh lime margarita! Just freeze the ingredients into ice cube trays and then top with your favorite tequila. The ice melts and the flavors blend together to make this your go-to beverage for  breezy backyard and summer entertaining!

 A must try!

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Margarita Ice-Cubes

The pink himalaya salt adds a savory finish and the perfect touch of posh!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 Ice cube tray

6 large limes juiced + 1 lime sliced and halved for garnish

4 teaspoons orange liqueur – I use Cointreau

3/4 cup simple syrup (see instructions on how to make below)

pink himalaya salt for the rim

1-2 shots of your favorite tequila.

Simple Syrup

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

Stir sugar and water together and boil on the stove for one minute. Allow to fully chill.

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Pour fresh squeezed lime juice from 6 limes into a medium-sized bowl. Stir in orange liqueur, and chilled simple syrup until combined.

Place each of the halved lime slices into each individual section of the ice cube tray.

Pour the lime, liqueur and syrup mixture into the ice-cube trays, over the top of each lime.

Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 2-3 hours or until solid.

Rub each cocktail glass in fresh lime and rim in pink himalaya salt.

Once frozen, remove the Margarita Ice Cubes from the tray by using a small thin knife.

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Place 3 cubes in each glass, and pour 1-2 shots of tequila (depending on how strong you like it) over the ice-cubes.

Allow a few moments for the cubes to melt and blend with the tequila.

Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and enjoy!

This is such an easy and time-saving solution for entertaining guests! The cubes freeze well and can be made in advance.

This recipe makes about 6-8 cubes. You’ll want at least 3 cubes per glass. These can easily be made non-alcoholic as well!

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Cheers! How are you celebrating? Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ll have more from the Minnie Mouse birthday to share later this week!

xo

This specific recipe for Margarita Ice cubes was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Make: Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Before I get to today’s post, how many of you tuned in to the NFC championship game? Well, being that I’m a native Washington girl, of course I was reppin’ my team, with a 12th Man Mojito in hand. They ended up being quite the lucky cocktail for the afternoon, considering that the Hawks pulled off a win with just a few seconds left in the 4th quarter. Whether you’re a fan of the hawks or not, and whether you agree or not, they are deserving of their spot in the Superbowl! Statistically, they’re one of the best teams of 2013 and I’m thrilled that they made it! I’m also thrilled that they’re going up against the Broncos, because I like them as well! Not quite as much as the Seahawks, but honestly I couldn’t see it any other way! The Broncos have an incredible offense and that paired with the top defense in the league means we’re in for a fantastic game!

I’ll be hosting a very quaint Superbowl party at my home this Sunday and one of the drinks on the menu is a light and refreshing sangria which I’ve appropriately titled Superbowl XLVIII Sangria. I’m a big fan of the recipe because it’s simple and I can make it ahead of time, with easy refill options as the day goes on. This Sangria is also wonderful because it’s very versatile. Of course, I’m a Seahawks fan so the version I’m sharing with you today includes fruit in a blue and green color scheme, topped off with Wild Lime Soda DRY Soda….you know, the less sweet all natural soda that just happens to be my favorite, and is also local to Seattle. What a fitting way to represent our team this Sunday!

Superbowl score!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - PLD

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Superbowl XLVIII Sangrai - By PLD - Go Hawks!

This recipe is ideal for those non beer drinking Seahawks fans like myself. Light and refreshing with subtle sweet and tartness. The addition of blueberries and fresh honeydew melon matches the color scheme of our team, and the football cutout shapes add a touch of whimsy making this beverage a fabulous option for your Superbowl Party! The local soda from DRY adds a tasty finishing touch! 

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Feel free to switch out the fruit to match the team you’re cheering for. For example cheering for the Broncos? Use Oranges and Blueberries.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.

4 key limes. Slice two into rounds, and 2 into quarters for the drink’s garnish.

1/4 of a honeydew melon cut into 1” rounds and then cut into football shapes using a mini football cookie cutter (optional)

1 cup fresh blueberries washed.

1 bottle of your favorite Riesling or Chardonnay. Use Riesling if you like your beverages a little sweet.

1/2 cup Cointreau.

2 bottles Wild Lime DRY Soda chilled.

Ice.

INSTRUCTIONS

Place lemon juice, and sliced limes in the bottom of a large pitcher and stir together, muddling the limes a bit to release their juices.

Add in remaining fruit and stir.

Pour in the full bottle of wine, and Cointreau. Stir and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Add chilled soda right before serving!

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - PLD

Serve over ice and enjoy

While searching for a glass to serve this beverage in, I came across some Heritage Collection Ball Mason Jars which just happened to be in blue!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!

 

Vintage Blue Mason Jars

What a great way to tie in the Hawks color scheme. I chose to use mason jars instead of wine glasses because I felt like they fit better with the Superbowl theme, but feel free to serve this cocktail in any glass that you’d like!

You can garnish with green paper straws, quartered limes and fresh blueberries. The straws can be found in my Etsy shop. The Seahawks logo was attached using stickers that I found online.

Vintage Blue Mason Jars - PLD

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Do you have plans for the Superbowl? A few months back I predicted that both the Hawks and the Broncos would go all the way and since I’m a fan of both teams, I’m excited to see how it all plays out! Of course, I’ll be cheering for my Hawks and I’m hoping this cocktail is just as lucky as my last one! Today while at the grocery store to get items for Sunday, I attempted to pickup some bags of skittles in honor of Marshawn Lynch and they were completely sold out of the original flavor. I guess that just shows you how serious the 12th man fans are!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

More to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for the Superbowl XLVIII Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Trends: Pantone + Paper Straws

Paper straws are among some of the hottest ongoing trends for parties, weddings and celebrations. I obsess over them a bit and I’m always sure to have a variety of colors on hand when I throw a party. They’re an ideal accessory for drinks and treats and add add an element of whimsy and chicness to the ordinary. These days they’re available in almost any color and design and tie in perfectly with the trends that we see throughout the seasons.

For Spring we saw many pastel tones, with mint, peach and blush all the rage, but now that we’re moving into Fall, expect to see deepened hues in almost jewel like tones, as per Pantone’s Fall picks for 2013. Along with these colors, you will see neutrals such as browns and grays to balance out the brighter shades.

The eye catching hues can be expected in women’s fashions, home decor, bridal fashion, wedding decor and themed celebrations for the remainder of the year.

And with these colors so on trend, I’ve put together a display of the paper straws that I carry in my Etsy Shop that just so happen to coincide with the colors for Fall, according to Pantone.

With that said, if you have plans to throw some parties from now until the end of the year, be sure to add in the hottest color accessories to your party beverages and dessert displays this season!

Pantone Color trends - + Paper Straws - Posh Little DesignsPantone Color Display via Style Pantry

What do you think about the picks for Fall 2013 and what are your favorite colors?

Follow the link to shop these colors and more now. Just $3.75 per package and perfect for your posh parties.

Check back soon for more!

xo