The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how - by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!
From the kitchen of: Christiana Coop
When I was in college I spent Thanksgiving at my good friend Mary's parents' house. It was their family tradition to drink Bloody Marys in the morning while preparing the meal. I'm happy to have any excuse to drink a Bloody Mary, so I quickly embraced this tradition for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only my brother and I drink them, and we've experimented with multiple recipes. From our various recipe testing, we've concluded that you really can't screw up a Bloody Mary, so long as you go heavy on the spice and pickled garnishes.
This year, I'll be drinking solo since my brother will be in Costa Rica with his family, so I'm indulging in some of my favorite tricks: using mezcal for a lovely, smokey flavor and serving them up, fancy style!
• 4 cups tomato juice
• 1/3 cup lemon juice
• 1 cup mezcal
• 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into salt rimmed glasses. Garnish with pickled baby cucumbers, pickled baby green tomatoes, jalapeño-stuffed olives, and cocktail olives. Squeeze in lemon or lime to taste, or add Tabasco for an extra kick.
I paired my cocktail with Queen Ann in Ebony because I love how sophisticated and moody, yet festive it feels, and I thought it would match my cocktail!
My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with my family. I always look forward to all the traditions my mom recreates every year, along with the chaos and laughter my nephews bring! It might not be picture perfect, but it's perfect to me.