Winter Is in the Air

  • Winter Is in the Air

     
    POSTED July 14, 2015
     

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

One such venue is River Roast in Chicago. The M+E team took a walkthrough (and ate delicious apps—thanks River Roast!) to get a feel of how planners could use the space during the colder months. It was 86 degrees and holidays were nowhere in our minds, but it was fun to see what the team there imagined a holiday event would look like.

Now is the perfect time to start planning such events. Venues might have more availability and taking walkthroughs will help immensely in designing any holiday events you might have in the pipeline. Talk to local venues and places you’re interested in to see if they would be able to show you what a Christmas or holiday party would look like. 

The large clusters of the white, creamy flower of the elderberry is a frequent sight in the wilds of Texas May through July, so what better way to kick off the spring season than with a glass of The Butler House’s Elderflower Lemon Drop? Mix one up yourself and enjoy!

—1 oz. 1876 Vodka
— 1 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
—1 oz. lemon juice
—1/2 oz. Turbo simple syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake then strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with lemon zest. Cheers!

 

“I sought to incorporate contrasting visuals and flavors in Fine China’s beverage program. The solid black color of the Pitch Black has guests assuming that it would taste dark and rich. However, this drink is actually refreshing and light in flavor (and has quickly become one of our favorite cocktails in the restaurant).” —Kyle Hilla, beverage director of The Statler

INGREDIENTS:
—.25 bar spoon activated charcoal
—.5 oz. simple syrup
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—.5 oz. St-Germain
—.5 oz. Suze
—1.5 oz. Fords Gin

 

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