"My apartment's color scheme is pretty red-oriented, so I wanted a drink that would match and also look festive. A friend sent me the recipe for the Pickled Beet, from Left Bank in the West Village. It's so seasonal looking!"
"It's made with sour beets and vodka—the beets are salted and tossed with cardamom, bay leaf, fennel and juniper, and then grated. Scoop it into a shaker, top with vodka, before shaking it over ice and and adding a little bit of the grated beet in the bottom of the glass. It was as hard as it sounds, and I am not 100% sure I did it right — though I definitely added enough liquor."
"My favorite part was the garnish! It's pickled beet greens. Sort of over the top, but the look of a Christmas tree sold me. I also used CB2's (my go-to resource for 'dinnerware') old-school style martini glasses, which have some weight and can be also used to serve dessert or champagne."
"Because I don't have a big table, I thought this tray, from CB2, made the seating area into more of dining spot. I added extra-big Ruldolph-nose red napkins for some extra cheer (because so they are large, they also doubled as plates, saving a ton of space), and sides of pomegranates and gourmet crackers from Dean & Deluca."
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