National Margarita Day- Pomegranate Margarita

Pomegranate Margarita 

Ah, Margaritas!  Let’s admit it; the margarita is the quintessential “Hey, Girl, Hey! Drinks after work?” go to. The drink that has fueled many a karaoke duet featuring one of the big three – Madonna, Journey, or if we are being real, which I like to think we are, Sir Mix-A-Lot.

“National Margarita Day” is quickly approaching and to celebrate such a momentous occasion, here is a deliciously simple Margarita recipe to get you into that celebratory mood!

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe:

1.5 ounces 100% Agave Tequila

.5 ounces Cointreau

3 ounces Pomegranate Juice

Garnish with a Salt Rim and a lime twist

For this margarita I am salting the rim, but if you are feeling fancy and want to put Pinterest to shame, feel free to get creative. There is edible glitter, colored sugars, chocolate shavings, the options are endless. Whatever you choose, remember these two tips when rimming a glass:

1. The ingredient you choose has to have a low moisture content. Products with high moisture content have a tendency to clump together and may not stick to the glass. Just like with Mascara, clumping is not a good look.

2. If what you are using is a little denser/heavier (i.e. Coconut Flakes), use a thicker liquid to act as an adhesive. Karo syrup is a good alternative. *Side note on Karo syrup – my mother used to use it to stick bows to my head when I was a bald baby so you know this stuff is versatile. (Where is that emoji with the girl shaking her head because I so need it here?)

Coat the edge of the glass with the liquid, slowly roll it through your rim ingredients and then set aside.

The base of the margarita is, obviously, the nectar of the gods – Tequila. Tequila is pretty interesting in itself. Tequila is a lot like Champagne in the sense that to be considered 100% Blue Agave Tequila it needs to be made within the Tequila region of Mexico. There is also a variation of Tequila or “Tequila Mixto” that can be produced anywhere in the world and contains additional ingredients like sugars, extracts, etc. Each type of Tequila has subsets so whether you go with a Reposado, Blanco, Anejo (or you just drink it for the worm at the bottom) there are many ways to make an impressive margarita without feeling like you are taking on a second job.

To start, begin mixing your ingredients. I use a mixing tin, but if you don’t have one, I know you have a large glass lying around somewhere that will work just fine. Whether that glass is gorgeous crystal or a red solo cup (Yeah, I am talking to you, Toby Keith) is completely up to you. Put about a half of cup of ice in the cup and pour in your Tequila, Pomegranate Juice, and Cointreau. What is Cointreau you may ask? Well, quite frankly, when making more tart/acidic drinks, it is the JAM. It has a soft orange flavor that really rounds out a margarita.

If you are using a tin, this is your Tom Cruise Cocktail moment. Shake it! Shake it like you are a 13-year-old and a Taylor Swift song just came on. If you are not using a tin, just get a spoon and stir the contents for about 30 seconds. You are almost there! Remember that rimmed glass? Fill the rimmed glass with ice and then pour in the drink using a strainer.

This is how I like mine, but you can make yours tarter by adding lime juice, sweeter by adding orange juice or spicier by adding Tabasco.

Tune-in next month for another installment of The STIR and, until then, experiment with some of your favorite flavors and enjoy National Margarita Day, you know we will! 

(Photos by: Kimberly Davis) (Styling by: Darcy Folsom)

We Are Whim Hospitality

We Are Whim Hospitality

Whim Hospitality Core Values

Every Whim Hospitality event we Bring People Together.  That's why we want you to get to know us a little better.  Each Wednesday we'll showcase one of our core values, let you meet our team (did you know we have over 150 #Whimmers) and see behind the scenes of each of our departments. 

We're starting off today with the sign that hangs in each and every Whimmer's office:  our Core Values.     

Pretty Cool, Right? 

We're proud of the many accolades Whim Hospitality has won over the past few years, like our Top Workplaces 2017 awarded by the Austin American Statesman, that are a testament to these six core values.   Next week we'll showcase the Passion we have when helping you or your event planner with your wedding, bar mitzvah, gala, social or corporate events.

Classic Camp Lucy Real Wedding

Classic Camp Lucy Real Wedding

The Real Wedding Details

You may have seen Jerika & Harry's wedding featured in Style Me Pretty & Bride's of Austin?  You can't blame us for wanting to show it off to you here too. It's just that fabulous. Held at the Whim Hospitality managed venue of Camp Lucy this destination wedding is everything we love about a classic southern wedding. Pull up your chair, grab your iced tea and scroll through all the pretty.  Bring along your tissues.  You'll need them when you read about how Bride Jerrika included her recently deceased father in her wedding nuptials.  

From the Bride, Jerika... Harry and I met at Texas Tech University through a mutual friend. Although I had already heard of him, we did not get the chance to really get to know each other until my senior year of school. After we met officially, we hit it off! He had this genuine and confident demeanor that I was so intrigued by from the start. After school, Harry and I both ended up in Fort Worth, Texas (my hometown) and knew that it was the place we were going to start our family. After four years of dating, Harry surprised me and said we were going to dinner with friends, however, we ended up in my parents' backyard with a very romantic setting of glowing candles and white rose petals, and he proposed! It was perfect for us, and the best part was that he had both of our families and close friends there at my parents' home ready to celebrate with us! There was champagne, toasts, dinner, dessert, and we had quite the night to remember.

When it came to planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something intimate and elegant yet still upscale. We also knew we wanted it to feel very personal to who we are as a couple and to incorporate unexpected details that were true to us. One of the most important things to us was our guests' experience; we wanted to create a beautiful day not only for us but also for our family and friends.

As a designer for a homebuilder, I spend much of my time on the details of beautiful spaces, so when it came to the planning process of our wedding, I really had my hand in every aspect and detail involved. With the help of my wedding planner, Ellen Westcott, and a whole list of amazing vendors, it truly became better than I could have imagined! It also could not have been possible without the help of my amazing mother, who helped me with every decision and was there with me through the whole journey. She is the absolute best person and partner in crime!

There were many things that helped make for a very special event, including great food, bar, entertainment, and company. However, the details of the day really made it so special, including the welcome baskets that welcomed our guests to Camp Lucy, the urns at the ceremony that were from my mother, the acrylic table numbers at dinner that matched our custom crest, and the tulips placed at each plate at the head table. Plus all of the paper goods (which were so fun to design and had such a romantic feel!), including our custom watercolor crest which became the signature design of the day, our invitations with floral liners, and my FAVORITE – a watercolor on the napkins of our dog, Piper!

My bridesmaids and I started out the morning sipping on mimosas and hot tea in Camp Lucy’s’ Bridal Suite. It was such a relaxing morning leading up to the ceremony. We had stayed in the extremely elegant cabins on site at Camp Lucy since that Wednesday night leading up to the wedding, so it made that morning so much more anticipated. By the afternoon, I got changed into my dress. The gown was originally strapless, and we had a custom topper sewn onto the dress created by Nardos Design. It was everything I wanted – simple and classic yet with a feminine, couture look!

Later that evening, the ceremony started. The natural surroundings of the ceremony space of Sacred Oaks speak for themselves. It was like a fairy tale with the teak slatted chairs for the guests, the string quartet playing in the background, and the willowing branches with white delphinium florals hanging above us. Ceremony then flowed into cocktail hour on the terrace and lawn behind the pavilion of Sacred Oaks for guests to enjoy champagne, wine, the signature gin cocktail (which we named after our dog, Piper), and delicious hors-d'oeuvres including petite black pepper biscuits with country ham and caramelized pear mustard, bacon wrapped quail breast drizzled with habanero nectar, and lump crab cakes with tarragon caper-aioli. The terrace and lawn felt like the perfect mix of elegant and natural with the green cypress and pops of pink floral in the vines hanging from the pavilion. It felt like a private Italian villa. Guests were then led to dinner under the Sperry tent to the right of the lawn. After sunset, feasting on southern comfort cuisine, and sipping wine, everyone headed into the large pavilion where we danced and celebrated into the night!

There were so many memorable moments from the wedding, but I would have to say the moment that I keep going back to is our candlelit dinner under the Sperry tent on the lawn. I wanted everyone to feel loved on and comfortable as if they were coming to our home for a lovely celebration. It was right after our ceremony, and not only was it absolutely STUNNING in the tent, but hearing the toasts and seeing all of the joy and laughter from our friends and family meant the world to both Harry and me. That was the moment I was looking most forward to, and that is the moment I will never forget! The night was such a perfect mixture of intimate and elegant.

It had been quite a journey for us during the planning process. Three months before the wedding, my dad passed away from a long fought battle with Leukemia. All of the details of planning this wedding melted away. My main focus became my family and the relationships with the people I love most. Everything gets put into perspective. Our family has always been extremely close, so my big brother walked me down the aisle. Something that was very special to me was the boutonniere my dad was supposed to wear. We had already ordered it, and I wanted to use it in a special way. So in the ceremony right next to the aisle, we had a table with a picture of my dad and me, a candle, and my dad’s Bible with the boutonniere he was to wear placed on top of the Bible. Although I knew my dad was already going to be with me on the day of, having those pieces there made me feel so comforted during the whole ceremony. I knew I wanted to do something for him in a special way, and this was perfect for me! I felt such a joy on the day of. It was truly unlike anything I can explain, the amount of pure joy and calmness I felt the entire day. I knew he was with me. My faith in the Lord got me through those three months, the day of, and ultimately every day since then.

One thing I learned during the whole planning process was the power of being present amidst the chaos, such as making an effort to be present at my bridal showers, my bachelorette party, and other events. I was reminded that people are the most important part of any season! For a future bride, be present with your loved ones not only on the months and days leading up to your wedding but also on the day of. Be present with your family, your best friends, and most importantly, your groom!

Thanks go to Westcott Weddings & Jenna McElroy for the coordination and images.  A full list of the creative partners we were lucky enough to work with can be found here

Freebie Friday

Freebie Friday

Welcome to the world of the newly engaged!

Get ready and strap in for the ride of your life. The next 6, 8, 12 or 18 months Whim Hospitality will be right here along with you on the wedding planning journey. We’ll share some of our favorite Real Weddings, expert advice, tips and fun freebies you can download and put right to use.  

Ready for the first Free Download? 

Here is your free " One Year Guide to the Big Day," Whim Hospitality's Wedding Planning Timeline."

All you have to do is download, save it to Evernote or print it out and start checking off the items on your To-Do List.  

Want more of our expert advice? 

Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and use #WhimBlog to get insider information curated just for our friends.  

We Are Whim Hospitality

We Are Whim Hospitality

We Are Whim!

Whim Hospitality has big plans for 2018! You can already find us on Facebook and Instagram showing off all of our Whim Hospitality services:  catering, florals, tents and rentals and our managed venue Camp Lucy too.  We're even going to up our Pinterest game to help you plan the perfect event. .

But, even more exciting...throughout the year we’re going to be taking you on a journey with us through this blog. We’ll showcase Whim Hospitality services, our Whim workplace behind the scenes and be sure to check in with us on a regular basis for advice from our experts and our Freebie Friday.

Whim Hospitality’s expertise has been recognized with multiple awards in 2018.We won both the Knot Best of Weddings and Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Awards, we were recognized by the Austin American Statesman as a Top 100 Workplace in Central Texas, for the second year in a row we're a member of the Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the US and our CEO Kim Hanks was the only female to be awarded the Best CEO award by the Austin Business Journal. And, we’ve won awards from the professional associations in the Events Industry too: The Glammy Awards, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Grey Likes Weddings, Here Comes the Guide, Brides of Austin, the National Association of Catering & Events and the International Live Events Association.

All those awards mean we’re the best-qualified event services firm to help as you plan your event. We even planned our branding to coincide with the Pantone Color of the year, #WhimPurple.

Be sure to check out this space on Friday for the first in our Freebie series. We’re giving away a one-year planning timeline for your wedding (it works for a bar or bat mitzvah, birthday party or corporate event too) that you’ll be able to download and start using right away.

Here's to a Whimsical New Year from all of us in the Whim Hospitality Family

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