Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails and DIY Vase

As you know, I’ve been talking all about home this month on IBC. I certainly hope you’re enjoying it! It’s been a fun challenge for me.

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In keeping with this month’s theme, today I’m going to share a DIY Vase, but I’m also throwing in three cocktail recipes! These recipes are all unique in that I made them using a Soda Stream. I’ve been seeing these cool gadgets everywhere and today, I’m putting one to the test.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Being a new Soda Stream user, I must say I had a great time testing all of the delicious drink options available. I love creating new things (and a good party) so coming up with a few drink recipes was a blast. I even invited my BFF over to sample my creations. It always helps to have a friend nearby when taste testing.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

I was inspired by the season to create this little collection. An elegant Halloween evening would be the theme behind these cocktails and my craft. Leave the witches and cobwebs outside, snuggle up with your special someone, and sip on a cocktail or two. Let’s get this party started.

Pears are one of my favorite flavors of the season. The smell of them literally makes my mouth water. The Black Currant & Pear mix was the perfect base for this cocktail.

The pear vodka really enhances the flavor, while the St. Germain (one of my favorite liqueurs) brings a botanical flare to the mix.

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Let’s get shaking!

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Black Currant & Pear Martini

2 oz. Soda Stream Black Currant & Pear Sparkling Soda
3 oz. pear vodka
1 oz. St. Germain Liqueur
Lemon wedge
Pear slice for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Soda Stream Black Currant & Pear, pear vodka, St. Germain, and the juice of one lemon wedge. Shake vigorously.

Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a pear slice.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

This next drink is a little out of my comfort zone. Typically, I’m not a big fan of bourbon or whiskey. I want to be, but I’m just not there yet. Maybe when I’m 40.

Even so I gave this cocktail a try and I’m pleased to report that I love it. The Country Time Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea mixture really toned down the flavor of the bourbon. And the orange and mint add a bright freshness to the combination.

This could be a new fall favorite. Let me show you how to muddle one.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Sweet Tea Bourbon

4 oz. Soda Stream Country Time Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea Sparkling Drink
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. agave syrup
1 orange, quartered
4 mint leaves
Orange slice and mint leaves for garnish.

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add agave syrup, orange quarters, and mint leaves. Using a muddler or the back of the spoon, mix these ingredients together. Add a generous scoop of ice. Then add the Soda Stream Country Time Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea and bourbon. Shake well.

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Pour over a glass filled with ice, orange slice, and a couple mint leaves.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Okay, I know what you’re thinking; grapefruit really isn’t a fall fruit. Humor me for just a bit. Once you put this drink to your lips, you’ll quickly change your mind.

What I really like about this cocktail is the spicy kick that comes from the cayenne pepper. That alone makes this drink ideal for fall. As the weather starts to cool, it helps to have something that warms you from the inside out.

I also like the fact that the Diet Pink Grapefruit mix cuts a few calories from this margarita. That works for me!

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Okay, now it’s time to get our mix on.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

4 oz. Soda Stream Diet Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Soda
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. cayenne simple syrup*
1 lime wedge
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Grapefruit slice for garnish

On a small plate, mix together the salt and cayenne pepper. Run the lime wedge around the edge of your margarita glass. Dip your glass in the salt and cayenne mixture. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Soda Stream Diet Pink Grapefruit, tequila, cayenne simple syrup, and the juice from one lime wedge. Shake well. Pour the margarita and the ice into your salt-rimmed glass. Add more ice, if needed.

* Cayenne Simple Syrup – Bring ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to a simmer over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture summer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool completely.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Pretty fabulous recipes, right? Based on the descriptions and pictures, which one are you loving the most?

Now, if you have some of the above supplies on hand, go mix yourself up a drink and join me back here for a little craft time.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Before I got a Soda Stream, I had a bunch of plastic bottles lying around, ready for recycling. Instead of sending them out the door, I decided to do something with them.

In keeping with the elegant Halloween evening theme, I decided some flowers were in order. And since flowers require a vase of some sort, my plastic bottles were about to get a new life.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Plastic Bottle Vase

For this craft you will need:

plastic bottles (I’m using six, but this could easily be done with two.)
washi tape
rubber band
bouquet of flowers

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

First, group your bottles together in the way you’d like your final vase to look. Place a large rubber band around all of the bottles. This will keep everything in place for the next step.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Then, grab your favorite colors of washi tape and start wrapping it around the grouping of bottles. I went with a uniform horizontal stripe pattern in varied colors. Use your imagination and get creative.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Next, fill each of your bottles with water.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Finally, tuck in your flowers.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

What I really love about this vase is that it makes flower arranging super simple. If you are using a variegated bouquet, tuck a few of each color / type into each bottle. If you are using all of the same color / type, just tuck the same amount into each vase. It’s really that simple.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

I think the resulting vase and arrangement is super special. You really wouldn’t even know they were plastic bottle until you closely inspected the vase.

After my vase was created, I quickly set the table to bring all of this awesomeness together.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

Some gold flatware and brass candlesticks upped the elegant factor. Plus I included a few white mini-pumpkins for a festive Halloween touch!

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

With my Black Currant & Pear Martinis served and my arrangement in place, the table is complete.

Elegant Fall-Inspired Cocktails | Inspired by Charm for SodaStream

There you have it! Three cocktails and a quick, easy, low cost vase! Which one of these cocktails sounds the yummiest to you?

This is a sponsored post thanks to my friends at Soda Stream. Remember, I only post about products or companies I love. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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  1. Michael, I keep waiting for you to double your size with all the recipes or fall over on the floor (never to get up again) from the myriad of dinks created. Love them though.

    • Hahahaha! I’ve been waiting for that day too. I have put one a few pounds. Here’s hoping I can start shedding the ASAP. If not, it just adds a little warmth for winter. Right?

      xo Michael

  2. You make all the drinks look (and sound) so delicious…and I don’t even drink! I think I would be willing to try any of these though…especially the black currant & pear!! And the vase is so adorable! You just have such a special touch and a way to make everything look fabulous!

    • Thanks so much Maria. You could leave the alcohol out of these and I’m sure they would be just as tasty! Thanks so much for your kind words!

      xo Michael

  3. Hi Michael
    You have such creative ideas and your photography is fantastic! Your blog has really been inspiring me. I love that you wrote about these cool drinks (and gorgeous) and I have always been curious about soda stream. Thanks for what you do!

  4. I am not much of a drinker so I have no opinion there. What I wanted to comment on is your vase. I love it! Very, very nice. I am pinning it for future reference. Thanks!

  5. I love pears and pear liqueur – I haven’t had that for years. Your vase is amazing – so simple and inexpensive. I am really enjoying your blog.

  6. I love a good martini, so that black currant and pear martini looks really yummy. And the grapefruit margarita is just so pretty in that cut glass. We’ve been considering getting a Soda Stream for a while, but are trying to make sure it’s worth the cost for us. I’d never thought about using to make anything other than soda, so your ideas are a definite plus.

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