There are a couple of traditions I gleefully look forward to every November:
#1. An entire weekend devoted to activities in front of the wood stove playing cards & board games with my BBC favorites in queue. Hot toddies, cider, popcorn, the whole nine yards….
#2. …. FRIENDSGIVING!
Friendsgiving dinner is different every year. This year I joined a group of beautiful new friends and we documented our afternoon together at Phones Wright house in Bolton, MA. I debuted a few of my new favorite holiday recipes during cocktail hour and they were a hit!! Here are a couple of recipes to test out on your friends & family over this holiday….
Preparation: Pour bourbon, Cynar, sweet vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass or over rocks into a mule mug for slow, relished sipping. Garnish with Luxardo cocktail cherries, fresh sage and nasturtium blossoms. Cheers!
Tasting Notes: Smooth, aromatic & bittersweet
Preparation: Add vodka, cider and ginger cordial to a bar tin, add ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with bubbles and garnish with edible blossoms and fresh herbs.
Preparation: Add juice to a collins glass filled with ice, top with sparkling water,
orange blossom water and garnish with a wheel of lemon and edible blossoms.
Photography Above: Meredith Jane Photography
Event Planning & Design : Kate Murtaugh Events + Design and Kelly Golia Events
Venue: Phineas Wright House
Additional Photography: Madeline Rose Photography
Floral Design: Field & Vase and Weatherlow Farm
Cocktails: Little Bitte
Rentals: Borrowed BLU
Stationary: Lilliput Design Studio
Calligraphy: Molly Grace Makes
Makeup: Sarah Lord and Jocelyn Mariah Makeup
Hair: Tada Style
Accessories: Wool and Whiskey
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Join Little Bitte for Making Spirits Bright: Cocktail + Truffle Making Class at Newport Vineyards on December 7th!
Add a little Newport Vineyards to your holiday season and make your spirits bright as Willa from Little Bitte & Executive Chef Andy Teixeira will take you on a cocktail-creating and truffle-making journey. This is one of our favorite evenings of the year!
Thursday, December 7 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$42 per person
Join us Saturday 10/14 on Wickenden Street for seasonal cocktails, hot cider, natural wine & beer!! It’s the WAMA Block party! We’ll be in front of Blick, 200 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903 from 11-5. Can’t wait to see you!
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Join us for a festive evening of artisanal 1920s-inspired classic cocktails with a holiday twist!
Willa Van Nostrand, certified mixologist and owner of Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails, will demonstrate how to make and serve specialized recipes featuring small-batch spirits, cordials, haus bitters, fresh pressed juices and edible blossoms. Guests will enjoy nibbles to accompany the cocktails and will take home inspiration for their own holiday soirées, using the highest-quality ingredients to make the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing cocktails imaginable.
1920s-inspired attire welcome!
This is a prix fixe selection of hors d’oeuvres, therefore, we cannot easily accommodate food allergies and preferences.
$50 member $55 Non-Member
Join us for The 3rd Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival this Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 1-7pm, celebrating fine R.I. oysters, music, artisanal cocktails & craft-beer culture!
An Oyster Fan ticket gets you a half-dozen locally sourced oysters from an array of RI-based growers; a local micro-brewed beer, glass of wine, a cocktail or spiked ginger beer. Plus great live music & DJ’s.
The Birds ’n’ Bees is my spin on a favorite classic, the Hanky Panky, by one of my favorite bartending heroines: Ada Coleman, who began bartending at the ultra-swanky Savoy Hotel in London in 1903. Ada rose to the position of head bartender at the American Bar in The Savoy in 1925 and she’s still making waves as one of the first women to make a serious impression on modern mixology.
The original recipe for the Hanky Panky is a stirred cocktail made with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth with a splash of Fernet Branca, a bitter aromatic Italian amaro. The Birds ’n’ Bees swaps sweet vermouth for Vermut, an incredible vermouth hailing from the region of Catalonia in Spain, that’s bitter, sweet, nutty and fruity, infused with a proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals. Instead of Fernet, I opt for an alternative cordial, nocino, a sweet, tannic walnut liqueur that flies a little under the radar in the U.S. but popular in Italy, especially during autumn when walnuts are harvested and infused into this heavenly cordial.
Instead of garnishing with the normal orange peel, I garnish with a pinch of bee pollen, a nutrient-rich superfood collected by worker bees, parts nectar and pollen, sweet and reminiscent of wildflowers and fresh citrus zest. When serving nocino, remember to alert any guest with a nut allergy.
Join us in the barn to build your own bouquet & learn how to make 2 new signatures featuring autumnal ingredients from the harvest. Both the arrangements and drinks will feature edible flowers and herbs, all grown and foraged at the farm, including dahlias and amaranths and ornamental herbs. $75 includes all materials, drinks, and bites.
Written by Willa Van Nostrand and Kat Cummings. Photographs by Angel Tucker.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been sipping your way through a rainbow of rosés since early spring, imbibing pure joy with each taste. Lucky then, that the recent fervor for rosé has lead many winemakers to begin experimenting with new cuvées, and, in some cases, dedicating entire vineyards to rosé production. But if you’re tired of sipping the same old stuff, there’s good news: The bottles below are perfect for refreshing your palate in the dog days of summer. Priced between $12 and $35, they’re great for entertaining, pairing with a meal, or just guzzling at the beach. Now go get your paws on a bottle of pink, and continue to celebrate the season!
Tasting Notes: Delicate white blossoms, Rainier cherries, night jasmine. Fresh herbs and blood orange zest.
Texture: Clean, white marble, a sunrise on a glassy lake.
Pairing: Late afternoon, frittata with summer squash and young pecorino garnished with chive blossoms because you just finished working in the garden and you’re sitting outside next to the raspberry patch, toasting that good work.
Matthiasson rosé is a certified organic blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, sauvignon blanc, and counoise made by husband and wife team Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson. These farmers turned winemakers make beautiful, precise wines with very little manipulation. Steve literally wrote the manual on California’s sustainable agriculture practices and Jill studied botany, ancient farming methods, and traditional techniques for soil health. The Matthiassons are farmers first and they firmly believe that healthy soil and vines make the best wines. We love the large format magnum for summertime entertaining, but a traditional 750 ml bottle gets the job done, too.
Find it by the glass: Fortnight Cooperative & Wine Bar