TANGERINE & VANILLA BEAN SPRITZER

Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger

I know half of the country is swearing off booze for the month of January but where's the fun in that? In all seriousness I'm trying to cutting out carbs but I can't deny myself a cocktail every now and then. I originally came up with the recipe as a holiday cocktail but things got a little crazy before Christmas. I figure since tangerine is technically considered a winter citrus, it totally still works right?! Plus the photos Ailee took in this amazing On Point Custom Homes kitchen are too gorgeous not to share. 

In true C&C fashion, this cocktail is easy to throw together with a few ingredients but the color and garnish makes it seem super fancy. The sparkling water balances out the sweetness of the tangerine juice and there's a little hint of vanilla. 

TANGERINE & VANILLA BEAN SPRITZER
Serves Two

4 ounces vanilla bean infused vodka (or you can make your own using this recipe)
8 ounces fresh squeezed tangerine juice
8 ounces sparkling water
Candied orange slices for garnish (I bought a pack at Trader Joe's in the dried fruit and nut section

Anytime I'm mixing cocktails with citrus, I always like to use fresh squeezed. It really helps maintain the true flavor! To make this cocktail, combine 4 ounces of vodka and 8 ounces of freshly squeezed juice in a shaker or pitcher and stir well. Fill your cocktail glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the top, evenly dividing it between the two glasses. Fill the rest of the way with sparkling water, which will help adjust the sweetness to your liking! Cut a slit halfway through the orange slice and stick on the rim of the glass. Cheers!

Thank you On Point Custom Homes for opening up one of your beautiful homes to us!
Photos by Ailee Petrovic

Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger
Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger
Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger
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Holiday Hostess Style | Part 2

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Earlier this week we showed you inspiration for holiday hostess style, now we're going to talk about tips in the kitchen to make entertaing a breeze! One of our main goals at C&C is to allow the host(ess) to enjoy their event as a guest and we think our tricks can help make that happen for your Christmas dinner party too!

Sugared cranberries are one of our favorite things to make during the holidays. Not only are they pretty, but they're SO easy to make ahead of time! Use them as a garnish to give a glass of bubbly a festive touch or on top of a simple white cake for dessert.

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You can follow this recipe for sugared cranberries. It's SUPER easy and only requires a couple ingredients. To save extra time, we used premade simple syrup we keep on our bar cart!

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If you're going to add them to champagne, wait until guests are arriving to do so. You want to keep the bottle of champagne in an ice bucket ice or in fridge as long as possible. The bubbles in the glass stop fizzing when it gets to room temp. When you're ready to fill the glasses, wait for the glass to settle for a minute before adding the cranberries so it doesn't overflow. We've found that out the hard way! :)

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Baked brie is one of our favorite holiday appetizers and when we found a recipe for baked brie bites, we were all in! We love combining sweet and spicy together so we used Trader Joe's Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce instead of regular cranberry sauce or chutney.

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The brie will be best served warm so we don't recommend making this ahead of time. They only need 5 minutes in the oven so pop them in right before your guests arrive. We added a couple sprigs of rosemary to add a little texture to the white serving platter.

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We love, love, love simple white cakes! They're so beautiful and versatile you can easily dress them up for any occasion. This cake is semi-homemade at it's finest. We called ahead to H-E-B and asked for a 6 inch round white cake without icing. Homemade icing really makes a difference and we used a tried and true Martha Stewart recipe. When you're ready to ice the cake, use a flat spatula to help achieve the smooth surface.

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The sugared cranberries and rosemary sprigs add a super festive touch without spending hours on a made from scratch cake.

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We hope our hostess tips and tricks make your lives a little easier this holiday season!

Photpgraphy: Michelle Able Photography | Location: The Martin Residence | Holiday Coasters: Manor | For outfit details, visit our previous blog post here.