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January 13th, 2016

Cocktail Hour: Berry Cream Soda Recipe

Cocktail Hour: Berry Cream Soda Recipe | Sara du Jour

This berry cream soda cocktail might be my new favourite drink. It all started when I discovered Galliano Vanilla Liqueur back in December. I love vanilla everything, from perfume to candles to desserts, so I was fairly confident I’d like this stuff, too. My next task was to design a drink that used it. After some experimentation, the Berry Cream Soda was born.

Some people love the taste of alcohol, and enjoy a glass of whiskey or bourbon on the rocks. I’m the total opposite. I like my cocktails as sweet as possible, with the actual alcohol concealed completely. If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, and like to get your buzzed covertly, then this is the cocktail recipe for you. As the name suggests, it tastes exactly like cream soda! (more…)

13. January 2016 by saradujour
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January 4th, 2016

Hosting a Christmas Cocktail Party

Hosting a Christmas Cocktail Party | Sara du Jour

In December, I decided I would host a Christmas cocktail party for a few good friends from work. I dressed up, got my apartment holiday-ready, made a playlist of my favourite jazzy covers of Christmas classics (mostly Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, and She & Him), designed a menu of custom cocktails, and laid out a spread of cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, crackers, and more. { See what I wore here. } (more…)

04. January 2016 by saradujour
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December 24th, 2015

Cocktail Hour: Spiced Rum Apple Toddy

Spiced Rum Hot Apple Toddy Recipe | Sara du Jour

Few cocktails taste so much like Christmas than a spiced rum apple toddy. There are many different takes on hot toddy recipes, but this one’s my personal favourite. I served these up at my recent Christmas party (post to come!) and they were a big hit. They’re simple to whip up, delicious, warm, festive, and surprisingly potent. (more…)

24. December 2015 by saradujour
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December 22nd, 2015

Dark Chocolate Christmas Bark Recipe

Healthy Dark Chocolate Christmas Bark Recipe | Sara du Jour

If you, like me, love indulging in delicious holiday treats all through the month, but are still trying to eat kind of healthy, I’ve got just the recipe for you. There’s nothing more swoon-worthy or festive than dark chocolate Christmas bark, and since this one’s made with 79% dark chocolate and loaded with healthy nuts and dried fruit, it gets to stay off the “naughty” list.

As a bonus, as with all my recipes, it’s super easy to make. Believe me, if it requires actual culinary skills, it ain’t happenin’ in my kitchen. (more…)

22. December 2015 by saradujour
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December 19th, 2015

Bar Cart Essentials { Home Bar Haul }

Bar Cart Essentials |Sara du Jour

Bar carts seem to be popping up everywhere lately, and if you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’ve had my eye on them for quite a while now. I managed to get my own bar cart ready just in time for holiday entertaining. This project was truly a labour of love, from picking out each item, to planning the design of the cart, and finally, actually building the DIY bar cart itself. I am pleased to say that I now have a bar cart in my apartment, and I can’t wait to share all the details with you.
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19. December 2015 by saradujour
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December 14th, 2015

Cocktail Hour: Dillon’s Rose Gin + Tonic

Dillon's Rose Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe | Sara du Jour
I’m strictly a gin drinker, and my go-to cocktail for any occasion is the gin and tonic. While the basic G+T never goes out of style, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to dress it up a little, and give the classic cocktail a modern update. Enter my Dillon’s Rose Gin and Tonic recipe – a delicious, slightly sweet concoction created to delight all of your senses. (more…)

14. December 2015 by saradujour
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November 10th, 2014

Halloween Cocktail Party

Halloween Party | Sara du Jour
Last Saturday night, I hosted a little Halloween cocktail party at my apartment for a few close friends. Halloween, both for kids and adults, is half about the junk food, and half about dressing up – so I had to make sure both elements were present at my party. (more…)

10. November 2014 by saradujour
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September 29th, 2014

Brunch in the Afternoon

Brunch in the Afternoon - Sara du Jour

A little while ago, I hosted brunch at my apartment for a few of my closest friends. The great thing about hosting is that you get to set the rules of the game. In this case, it meant that for one day, everyone had to operate on Sara time.

That meant brunch – in the late afternoon. (more…)

29. September 2014 by saradujour
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April 20th, 2014

Housewarming Dinner Party

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I’ve been dreaming of hosting my own dinner party for quite some time, so when it came time to throw a housewarming for my apartment, I knew just what I wanted to do. Instead of a standing room only-type shindig, I planned a more formal sit-down dinner for a few of my closest friends one Saturday evening. (more…)

20. April 2014 by saradujour
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