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Relish Recipe: Pineapple Pisco Punch

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Sometimes you just have to spike the lemonade!

Pisco is one of our favorite summertime spirits, especially when paired with tart lemon and fresh pineapple. It is an unaged grape brandy from South America. We suggest choosing a bottle made from Quebranta grapes for notes of pleasantly tart apple and a crisp, grassy finish. This punch is a porch swing sipper that takes your palate on a tropical vacation. Next time you host company, mix up a big batch before they arrive. Then, serve it out of a convenient drink dispenser so guests can refill all night long! Read on for the recipe and, if you are feeling extra adventurous, consider using one of these adorable glass pineapple drink containers.

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Top Summer Beers of 2016

There is no doubt about it, summer is the season of beer. We’ve done the research to find five bottles you will find yourself reaching for again and again. Thirst-quenching cream ales, lemony tart blondes, and spiced up local suds are just a few of this year’s picks. Step out of the ‘put-a-lime-in-it’ box and into the wonderful world of warm-weather craft beers!

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Relish Recipe: Salty Dog Cocktail

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Every summer we search for a new signature cocktail to drink during these long sunny days. We are currently crushing on the citrus-packed and super refreshing Salty Dog. With its vodka and grapefruit base, set off by just a hint of minerality from sea salt, this is a perfect beach sipper.

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Vendor Spotlight: Lillie’s Q

BBQ may seem humble at a glance, but it takes a lot of practice and patience to perfect the art of grilling. The folks at Lillie’s Q have done just that. We searched high and low to find the finest sauces, rubs, and seasonings for your summer cookout (plus some other top picks). Once you break the wax seal on a bottle of their hand-crafted sauces, delicious aromas of smoke and spice will get your mouth watering right away. And just wait until you slather some on that rack of ribs! Named after Chef Charlie McKenna’s grandmother, every offering from this award-winning kitchen is a ringer. Although the restaurant is based out of Chicago, we brought their Southern-style goodies to the DC area this summer! Read on to learn about regional BBQ varieties and check out a smokin’ recipe for shrimp and grits.

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Kristin + Brad: Lavender Summer Wedding

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We love a wedding with a bold color palette, especially when it involves ombré shades of purple. Kristen and Brad captured the romantic essence of soft lavenders and radiant orchid on their big day at Strong Mansion. A classic English garden setting was the perfect backdrop for saying “I do” beneath cascades of lilac blooms. Coordinated table linens, dramatic uplighting, and flowing bridesmaid dresses all tied into the color scheme. It all came together on a sunny summer afternoon, read on for tons of gorgeous details from this fabulous outdoor wedding!

Want more wedding inspiration? Check out our past featured weddings.  Recently engaged? Be sure to visit our registry page!

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Best White Wines for Spring

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Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to celebrate wedding season, take walks in the park, and drink lots of crisp, white wines! We rounded up five of our favorite bottles to help cool off your burning spring fever. it doesn’t hurt that they also go wonderfully alongside all of that gorgeous spring produce popping up at the market. With a list that spans from Sauvignon Blanc to Gruner Vetliner, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for that upcoming bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or garden party!

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Nikki + Jared: Sunny Garden Wedding

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After a long snowy winter, spring is giving us some serious wedding fever! Nikki and Jared’s big day had all of the ingredients for a perfect warm-weather wedding: vibrant sunshine, a gorgeous farm venue, and lots of love. Their pastel color palette, complemented with bright white accents, fit the season perfectly. Thoughtful details were scattered throughout the decor, from romantic hydrangea centerpieces to a gorgeous birch chuppah. Read on for more sun-drenched summer wedding inspiration!

Want more wedding inspiration? Check out our past featured weddings.  Recently engaged? Be sure to visit our registry page!

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Pumpkins and Apples and Pears, Oh My!


You’ve picked out your Halloween costume,  raked all of the leaves, and carved a killer jack-o-lantern. Time to reward yourself with a drink as crisp as the month of October. Here are our picks for fall brews, featuring everyone’s favorite autumn flavors: apple, pear, and, of course, pumpkin!

Flying Dog Gourd Standard  |  The perfect pumpkin beer. This American style IPA smells like a pumpkin pie with flavors of creamy caramel and subtly bitter hops.  Its tight carbonation keeps the finish clean and dry. $11 six-pack

Left Hand Oktoberfest | Bursting with rich, toasty flavors, this is Oktoberfest with the volume knob turned to 11. A smooth and lightly sweet finish ensures that this big, bold beer stays in balance. $14 six-pack

Woodchuck Amber Draft Cider | A solid hard cider that is sure to please any crowd, this amber offering tastes like fresh apple juice for adults. Serve this simple and straightforward draft at your Halloween party. $10 six-pack

Crispin The Bohemian |  This craft bottle from Cripsin’s artisinal reserve line is made with Pilsner yeast, giving it a unique flavor profile. Cloudy and golden in color it has notes of honey and citrus. An elegant take on classic hard cider. $6 22-oz bottle

Ace Perry Cider | A fresh option for those going gluten-free, Perry ciders are brewed using pears in addition to apples. It works especially well with spicy food, like those buffalo wings you’ll be eating during the game. $11 six-pack

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Chloe + David: Vineyard Wedding



September is coming up fast which can only mean one thing, it’s fall wedding season! We’re kicking off autumn with Chloe and David’s glorious harvest celebration at Delaplane Cellars. The effortless beauty of their chosen venue, along with a few sophisticated touches, ensured that their special day was as good as gold.

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