“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile”
-William Cullen Bryant
Fall is most definitely a magical season, with a unique allure all of it’s own. It’s as if there are all of these treasures, hidden throughout the year, that suddenly come to life in the fall. The way in which the warm sun and cool breeze work together in perfect harmony; the need to bundle up in over-sized sweaters, tall boots, and even taller socks; the sudden urge to build fires, make s’mores, and drink endless amounts of hot cocoa and apple cider—this is what fall is made of.
When one thinks of fall, the colors orange, red, yellow, and brown are usually close behind. This is a natural connection to make considering how these colors work so beautifully together in the trees above and on the ground below. This fall, however, I find myself inspired by a completely different color palette. Soft peach, mustard yellow, sage green, and copper are a mesmerizing quartet of colors that have me singing a brand new love song for this season. These colors look absolutely stunning together, inside the garden and out.
- To Dress: This fabulous look, found at J. Crew, has fall fashion written all over it! Although this color palette is more common in the spring, I find the mix of soft neutrals with a bright, pop of color a refreshing look during this cooler season.
- To Display: This gorgeous photograph, taken by the talented Haley Sheffield, showcases a breathtaking bouquet by Juli Vaughn Designs. Again, the softness of these flowers are not typically found in the fall, however, I could not help but find inspiration in the overall beauty of this display.
- To Dine: I am absolutely smitten with these vintage, copper pots found at One Kings Lane. This amazing display of pots create an irresistible shine that will add interest to any classic, fall decor and will also maintain its appeal throughout the year.
- To Desire: If you find this color scheme as stunning as we do, here are some darling items to add to your fall wish list: A Rifle Paper Co. Peach Floral iPhone Case and this Leather Fossil Watch in Sage.
- To Decorate: A plate too pretty to eat off of! The exquisite artistry displayed on this plate captures the inspiration for my fall color scheme perfectly. You can find this lovely Watercolor Petals Dinner Plate over at Anthropolgie.
These are the flavors that I crave when the fall holidays roll around. I wanted to start looking into some ways that I could prepare for my upcoming festivities, but still bring in the flavors and garnishes from my garden. I love me a Sage Sidecar, but found this amazing recipe where the bartender included roasted pineapple calling it Roasted Pineapple and Sage Sidecar Martini. Doesn’t it just look so divine!!
The trick to this recipe is that she infuses the brandy with sage meaning that she added a bunch of sage leaves and let them steep in the brandy for 2 to 3 days, but she warns us to remove the leaves before 4 or 5 days have passed. Another way this cocktail is set apart is by roasting pineapple coated with brown sugar in the oven. Oh, I can just smell it now!! In my post, 5 Must-Have Herbs for a Cocktail Garden, I talk about infusing vodka with rosemary and lavender. Make sure to check it out!
Another way to add depth of flavor to your favorite cocktails is by creating infused simple syrup. Simple syrups are very easy to make – one part water to one part sugar. You can infuse it with a variety of different ingredients such as thyme, ginger or lavender. It’s really up to you!! With this cocktail called Fall Classic, the creator infuses syrup simple with thyme and it pairs lovely with apple brandy and ciders.
Or what about making this Fall Classic cocktail and serving it in a glass that everyone at the party will just love and think you are so absolutely creative.
Both thyme and sage could be used as a garnish in the above two cocktails, but when I think of rosemary its garnish quality really stands out. It is wonderful for infusing liquors and syrups, but I love its elegant nature in a martini glass. Look how beautiful it acts in its role as an olive skewer for this Olive-Rosemary martini.
But after looking at all the recipes, this one had my head spinning!! An Adult S’more Cocktail! With the weather cooling, it is absolutely the right time of year to be roasting marshmallows by the fireside, but with this recipe no fire is needed! How perfect is that!
Y’all have a fabulous time picking out which recipe you will be sharing with friends and family this season. Just make sure to be safe and have a DD when necessary. Cheers and here’s to finding ways to celebrate the garden in every single season.