The goal: Throw a fabulous and festive holiday party complete with a Kansas City-inspired craft cocktail. The reality: My liquor was stored under my kitchen sink, and dragging it out of there during a party always made me cringe a little. This whiskey on the left, Clorox on right scenario just screams Look, guests, we’re fun but also sanitary. Both great qualities, just not the message I was wanting to send as a host.
I knew there had to be a better storage solution for our barware, but I’ve always hit a snag when it comes to finding the right piece of furniture for the small dining room connected to our kitchen. The space I have to work with is just a little over 10 feet wide, not leaving much room for a table, much less a sideboard cabinet. It would have to be pretty narrow, designed with a small space in mind.
Enter Holly & Martin, a furniture company that specializes in small-space-friendly furniture that combines function and style with a practical price tag. When I ran across their colorblocked Midcentury modern Chaz Cabinet, I thought, hey, this could actually work! The cabinet is just 15 inches wide and 36 inches long, but it’s big on storage and style! In fact, our glassware and bottles fit great in just the left-hand side of the cabinet, allowing me bonus storage for my cookbooks in the right-hand side of the cabinet.
I’m feeling festive now that I have my cabinet assembled, stocked and decked out for the holidays. And I want to make holiday entertaining a little lovelier for one Lovely Inside Out reader as well! I’m partnering with Holly & Martin to give away one Chaz Cabinet. Not only is it high on style with its clean lines and combo of white, burnt oak and jet black finishes, it’s going to help you solve whatever storage conundrum you may be facing this holiday season.
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My barware storage problem is solved. Check. I’ve shared the giveaway with you all. Check. Now it’s time for a drink! I decided to mix up a beer cocktail highlighting warm flavors of the holiday season along with some of our favorite local beverages.
Boulevard Brewing Company recently released its City Market Dry Apple Cider, so of course we had to give it a try! The cider is light, crisp and tart with just a touch of sweetness from Johnathan and Fuji apples grown at Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill. My husband, who isn’t normally a cider fan, appreciated this one’s dry champagne-like quality and said he’d rather sip this than the French bubbly on New Year’s. Also, hooray that it’s officially gluten-free!
To the beer, I added a splash of J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey. Just looking at this 2017 holiday collector’s edition label makes me want to break out into Christmas carols. (Don’t worry, I will spare you.) The bottle is perfect for gift-giving, and it begs to be used in all your holiday cocktails!
Now for the holiday spice! I added a homemade maple cinnamon simple syrup and a dash of Angostura orange bitters. And volía, I give you the KC Apple Crisp cocktail! It’s holiday deliciousness in a cup for all of you KC local fans! Cheers to the holidays, friends!
KC Apple Crisp Cocktail
4 oz. Boulevard City Market Dry Apple Cider
1-2 oz. J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey
2 tablespoons maple cinnamon simple syrup (Simmer 1/2 cup Grade A Maple Syrup, 1/2 cup raw organic sugar, 1 cup water, 2 cinnamon sticks)
Dash of Angostura orange bitters
Mix together, serve over ice with a cinnamon stick and apple slices as garnish.