Hello everyone! We are alissa and ryan. We live in Philadelphia and together co-own/operate the online boutique shop HORNE. We are very excited to continue our “Behind the Bar” column on a monthly basis and want to thank Grace for asking us to join the fabulous and talented design*sponge team – what great company to be in!
After a recent re-visit of the movie Chocolat, we both fell in love with the idea of outdoor dinner parties. This month’s drink, selected with the help of the wonderful people at APO, is a surprisingly refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any meal served alfresco. In order to do it justice, we decided to arrange our very own “garden” party. Mixing and matching silverware, plates, cups, chairs, napkins, et al. really gave our small fête a more interesting and dynamic atmosphere. Adding an unsuspecting element (like a painting hung in ivy or a chandelier hung from a tree branch) added a nice whimsical touch. It is really very easy to transform the most mundane space into a magical setting for your family and friends (our dinner party took place in our parking lot behind our home) so go and take advantage of the warm weather while it is still around to enjoy!
The Ich, Ni, San, Shi cocktail will be part of the new menu at APO and they have graciously offered it to all D*S readers as a sneak peek.
CLICK HERE for the full cocktail recipe after the jump!
Ingredients – Ich, Ni, San, Shi:
2 oz Laird’s 7 ½ year Apple Brandy (or substitute another apple brandy by Laird’s)
.5 oz Orgeat (aka almond syrup)
.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
Pour all ingredients into mixing tin.
Add ice, shake and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.
Since we are pretty much brand spanking new to blogging, we would really appreciate any feedback you all may have. For future columns do you want us to feature signature cocktails from restaurants and bars? Should we feature only seasonal cocktails? Should we include tutorials on other beverages like wine and beer? Do you want us to gear all of the drinks around a party/occasion? Anything and everything is fair game at this point so please let us know your thoughts.
Photographs by Alissa Parker-Walker