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CBD Mezcal Ume Sour Cocktail

A CBD cocktail recipe for your New Year’s Eve holiday party! The CBD Mezcal Ume Sour, a smoky, tart winter drink made with simple syrup is a fun, unique new classic. | by Beth Kirby / Local Milk Blog

Matt (my husband, the man behind Drink Like Fantastic, & the resident Local Milk drink expert) and I teamed up to bring you a unique (and dangerously delicious) CBD cocktail recipe to serve at your New Year’s Eve party (or sip on the couch!) to ring in 2019. The star ingredient? CBD.

I’d been wanting to experiment with CBD oil as an ingredient in cocktails & elixirs all year, so when one of our local friends, Fred, gave us a sample of the CBD oil he’s making at Little Tree Labs (you can use the code BOSSDOSS10 for 10% off if you want to try it!), I knew now was the time. My favorite cocktail of 2018 was, by FAR, the ume sour at Monk in Kyoto and another ume sour at Rintaro in San Francisco, and my favorite spirit is mezcal. So, the only logical thing to do was to try to make a CBD oil laced mezcal ume sour. The result? Well, you just have to try it. And a quick PS! I am teaching a free, live workshop on all things growing your Instagram in January and you can learn more and register here!

Read on for the recipe and to learn what all the CBD oil hype is about along with our favorite pet nats (natural sparklings!) for our NYE cheers…

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Dark Chocolate Orange Flower Bundt Cake + DIY Christmas Crackers

Dark Chocolate Orange Blossom Bundt Cake with Whiskey, Buttermilk Cardamom, and Nutmeg + an Orange Flower & Creme Fraiche Glaze. This recipe for Christmas dessert cakes is rich, moist, fudgy, and easy to bake from scratch with kids! | #foodphotography and #foodstyling by Beth Kirby / Local Milk

Christmas is in two sleeps! I wanted to create a Christmas cake this year that was nostalgic, easy (critical when baking with a toddler at your heels—see the photographs below! Haha), rich, and moist. This cake taste like SO much more than it looks! Honestly, bundt cakes can be pretty unimpressive. But these dark chocolate orange bundt cake are made with buttermilk, whiskey, and triple chocolate (melted, cocoa, and chips!) plus orange zest and orange flower water for a twist on the traditional holiday combination of chocolate & orange. Trust me on these. They’re the perfect Christmas dessert.

I also made DIY Christmas crackers filled with beautiful party favors! They’ve always been a tradition at my family’s holiday dinner table—paper crowns, bad jokes, and all. So, I wanted to create a personalized version. You can fill them with lovely gifts like chocolates, tea, self-care products, little bottles of spirits, and confetti. And of course bad jokes and paper crowns too! I hope these become a tradition at your Christmas if they aren’t! Read on to learn the details of  the recipe, our gift wrapping, and how to make the Christmas crackers! (and you can shop the post!) 

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Neutral Holiday Table & Natural Christmas Decor

Minimalist, modern, neutral holiday tablescape for Christmas. A winter table setting with a natural, unique dried flower centerpiece, white linen table cloth, mini bouquet place settings, and brass gold flatware. The star is a dried flower bouquet and homemade wreaths with pampas grass, bleached fern, tallow berry, bunny tail grass, and lunaria. By Beth Kirby | Local Milk Blog.

To celebrate the winter solstice I created the Narnia inspired, neutral holiday table of my DREAMS. All that’s missing is rose scented turkish delights! My friend & floral designer, Kaitlin of Petaline, brought my natural Christmas decor dreams to life, and Matt & I set the table using everyday ware and little bit of bling. And because we wanted the tablescape to be something you could do at home, Kaitlin designed a simple centerpiece, wreaths, and mini bouquet place settings. The result is a beautiful, minimalist Christmas table setting & neutral winter decor that’s elegant & timeless yet still unique & modern. Read on for inspiration, sources, and to learn how to make a centerpiece of your own!

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