I couldn't have envisioned a better kickoff to holiday soirees and gatherings than with the brilliantly talented interior designer Sean Anderson. Sean's discerning attention to detail and ability to curate are second-to-none, and when I heard he was furnishing a full home for Memphis' annual Vesta Home Show, I immediately jumped on board.
After a chatty brainstorm over cocktails, Sean handed me the reins for a signature cocktail to serve at his sunset preview party. Selflessly planned by Sean as a "thank you" to the dozens of vendors, partners and artists who contributed to his masterpiece model home, I stirred up a simple yet sophisticated drink to complement the home's look and feel. Sean's sole request was to steer clear of dark liquors or red wines that'd potentially stain his stylish interiors. Thus, I went for vodka served neat. Keep scrolling for the recipe.
Photos by Selavîe Photography
I was similarly inspired to dress the part in line with Sean's interior design vision; so I turned to Memphis-based clothier Oak Hall for styling expertise. Katy, Hardin and co. selected a neutral and approachable yet elevated look -- one I would find myself wearing daily if acceptable to my routine!
A silk slouchy tank layered with cream cashmere introduced romantic comfort, especially when temperatures dropped after sundown. Grey light-washed denim with a hem-free ankle cut, perfectly aligned with the rag & bone classic Newbury boot in camel. I swear these booties are crafted to help us endure parties on our feet for days! The comfort of the sole is far beyond expectations.
Jordan Alexander pearls effortlessly draped the silk top's neckline, and a taupe leather cuff with diamonds tied in the grey jean perfectly.
THE "HOUSE WARMING"
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 ounces vodka, chilled
1/2 ounce thyme-infused honey simple syrup*, chilled
4 ounces soda water
2 Luxardo cherries
1. In a chilled stemless martini glass, pour vodka and syrup in a glass and stir. Top with soda water. Weave cherries onto a twisted bamboo toothpick, and gently rest over the rim.
To make simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup honey
1 bunch thyme
1. Bring water and honey to a boil in a small saucepan. Add thyme and simmer until honey dissolves, approximately 5 -8 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to an airtight container, and chill for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
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