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malahat spirits and monday cocktails

This weekend was filled to the brim with holiday festivities. I filmed Thursday and Friday with the TheKitchn, making some very exciting how-to videos for some delicious eats. Friday, I threw a dinner party for a lovely woman who brought all her girlfriends together for an evening of food, cocktails, and strengths finder analysis with ltd365. Saturday, I curated cocktails for the Rolling Greens holiday party, and Sunday I spent the morning crafting the most delightful friendsgiving with Anne Sage and Carley Rudd. I’m exhausted, but so thrilled with all the creativity that came from the weekend.

I tend to get really excited when people are doing cool things and creating cool products. While at Rolling Greens for the holiday party, two friends told me about how they’ve been brewing cold brew in bourbon barrels. After my excitement, they went home and graciously came back with a bottle for me. It was the sweetest. But truthfully- things and encounters like that make me so happy- knowing people are going after making something they love, and creating with vision and intention. It’s inspiring.

LA has no lack of ideas. It’s a city of dreamers, full of ideas, hope, and motivation. I constantly feel inspired by the people around me who are dreaming of building and creating something they love.¬†When I first lived in California, I was down in San Diego. It was a place that woke up a lot of the creative in me; it was a city of play and wonder and beauty. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to throw a dinner party there at Moniker Group. A local rum company offered to drop off some of their delicious rum for cocktails, and honestly- it is amazing. It’s called Malahat Spirits Co, and I worked with their spiced rum. It has these undertones of vanilla and cinnamon that are perfect for holiday drinks. For our dinner, we did a little pineapple rum cocktail, but for the holiday season, I’ve been playing around with the rum (AMAZING), orange, and apple cider. It is a great find, and even though I’m a loyal whiskey drinker, this may be the rum to sway me.

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

1.5 oz Malahat Spiced Rum
2 dashes bitters
1/2 cup apple cider
two orange slices
a cinnamon stick

In a cocktail glass, muddle your bitters and 1 orange slice. Add your rum and cider and stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an extra orange slice.

Drink up! Happy Monday cocktailing!

Photos by the lovely Arielle Vey

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