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the ooohs and ahhhs: quick gift guide

We’ve all been there–running around frantically trying to find a last minute hostess gift for a cocktail party that evening or realizing you forgot a gift for your work gift exchange the next day. I’ve put together some full-proof, always appreciated, fantastic gifts for the last minute Lucy’s out there, all while supporting things local in RVA!

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{804ork cookbook, dish towels, virginia cutting board, coffee mugs from anthropologie,rva blanchards coffee,west 30 candles}

Need some wrapping or packaging ideas? Take your dish or tea towel, lay it flat on a surface, place a bottle of wine in the center, wrap upwards on the bottle and tie with a ribbon. Ta da! Pop a cellophane bag with hot cocoa and marshmallows inside a coffee mug!

There are many local Richmond gift shops that source cute, last minute gift ideas. My favorites are Tweed in Short Pump, Mongrel in Carytown and Southern Season in the near West End. Kroger even carries the Blanchard’s coffee!

What are your go-to gift ideas? Any particular places you like to shop for gift items? We want to hear from you!

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crafty cocktails

What a perfect way to kick off this Holiday weekend–cocktails! And not just any cocktail, these three delicious recipes all feature Richmond’s own Belle Isle Moonshine, a locally made 100% organic corn moonshine, distilled in copper stills. But that is not all! One of my September Groom’s, Alex Wotring, is the co-founder and managing partner of this incredible local company! He so graciously shared his top three most favorite drinks with me and we’re featuring them today. Go grab some Belle Isle Moonshine and make your self a refreshing cocktail this Holiday weekend!content_cocktailoftheweek725

Monk on Moonshine

38oz of Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
19 1/2oz of Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth
4oz of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
4oz of Green Chartreuse
Aged in a new, charred oak 2 liter barrel

Most people don’t want to wait 5 to 6 weeks for a drink or buy a barrel, but if you have patience, it is totally worth the wait! Because all of the ingredients are aged together, the cocktail takes on a silky smooth texture that is on a different level.

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Shiny Old Fashioned

2oz Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
1/2oz simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1/4oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Bourbon soaked sun dried cherries
Fresh orange wedge

Might be my favorite! The sweetness from the muddled orange and maraschino liqueur works perfectly with the bitters and the pepper finish of the Premium Moonshine. If you take the time to make the bourbon soaked sun dried cherries, it’s a great snack when you get to bottom of your drink!

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Moonshine Mule

2oz. Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
1 oz. fresh lime or lemon juice
Ginger beer
Lime wheel for garnish

It is a play on a very popular cocktail right now, the Moscow Mule. Our spirit is similar to a vodka, which is traditionally used in Mules, but the sweetness from the organic corn blends even better with a good ginger beer than even the best premium vodka. I prefer lemon juice in my mules and will sometimes use Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer when we need an added kick!

indexWe just love supporting local business, especially if they allow for cool, creative cocktails at a party or event. Consider incorporating local foods and beverages into your wedding and adding signage so that you’re guests, especially the out-of-town ones, get to know Richmond and our incredible resources. I also encourage you to read up on Belle Isle Craft Spirits on their website and their book that just launched. They’ve teamed up with renown restaurants in the area to create some super yummy recipes for every palate.

Thank you, Alex, for sharing some recipes and feedback with us! We are thrilled for your wedding in just two short weeks!lindsay-signature

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