Salted Caramel White Russian

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away and the holiday season taking on a life of it’s own, I wanted to whip up a special little cocktail so you can sip something really yummy this holiday weekend. So today we’re talking about this little gem, which I’ve dubbed the salted caramel white russian! It’s basically a classic white russian with a twist inspired by my love for all things salted caramel at the moment. As is my way, this is an easy one to whip up and it’s perfect for making just one or two or for a whole crowd. If we had a big enough house I would absolutely invite all of you over and serve you one of these. They’re just plain ‘ol yummy!

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz cream
  • 1 tablespoon caramel
  • Ice
  • Coarse ground sea salt (to garnish)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka, Kahlua, cream and 1/2 of the caramel. Shake well. Swirl the remaining caramel around the inside and rim of mason jar or cocktail glass. Fill with ice. Pour cocktail mixture over top. Garnish with sea salt. Yum, yum and yum.

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

The key to making this drink shine is definitely the caramel swirled around the inside of the glass and along the rim. Make sure you go with a coarse sea salt and remember that just a little pinch will do. This isn’t a margarita, after all, you just want a little bit of that yummy salt flavor to balance out all the sweetness. And that’s it, friends! So easy and crazy delicious. (You can ask B’s sister. She’s my official cocktail taste tester and she loved this one!)

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

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[Photos, recipe + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Gold foil twizzle sticks by Erika Firm of Analog Creative Co.

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Pretty Holiday Coats

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of years when it comes to fashion! Who doesn’t love an excuse to wear a great pair of heels or a little something sparkly that wouldn’t ordinarily make it out of the closet? I put coats in that category, too. There is no season like the holidays to rock a really pretty coat. These three are the ones that have caught my eye this year. Boasting really awesome colors and fun little details like gold hardware and waist-cinching belts, they have a little something-something that makes them feel special and festive without being so fancy that you can’t wear them all winter long. From a classic trench (for those of you in warmer climates than mine) to bold citron yellow, I’d be happy to add all of these to my holiday wardrobe.

Pretty Holiday Coats from @cydconverse

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[Pretty Holiday Coats | One: UNIQLO | Two: J.Crew | Three: OASAP.]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! And, yes, I’m absolutely the type who celebrates all week long. As a kid this was always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Now that I’m an adult, I still love how festive things feel as soon as Thanksgiving week hits. By tomorrow night I’ll have my shopping done and Wednesday night is always dedicated to making pies and bread while sipping wine and blasting Christmas music at full volume. So today is the day that I’m bringing you my guide to planning the ultimate Thanksgiving menu! From appetizers to cocktails, sides and desserts (and even turkey!), you have more than everything you need here to plan an amazing feast. Oh, and I even included a handful of awesome recipes that make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, too. Done and done.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide from @cydconverse

Cocktails

Appetizers

TURKEY

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pies

leftovers

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[Top photos, clockwise: Honestly Yum | Minimalist Baker | Cook Your Dream | The Boys Club.]

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Best Thanksgiving Printables + Friday Link Love

The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on so today we’re heading into the weekend with my picks for some of the best Thanksgiving printables going! Dress up your table, your dining room decor or your leftovers with these fun and hip ideas. I love the poster! Have each guest pen a few thoughts and you can roll it out and hang it up to reflect back on year after year. So sweet! Don’t miss your weekly dose of Friday Link Love, too, where I’ve gone a little crazy with food, drink and other pretty things, as per the usual. What are you up to this weekend? I hope it’s warm where you are! Sending you all huge hugs and wishing you a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

[We Are Thankful poster | Thankful tags | Thanksgiving leftovers | Thankful for friends like you | Thankful for delicious leftovers.]

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws

You asked and today I’m bringing it to you! I had so many requests for a gift guide focused on those hard to shop for inlaws. You know the ones. The ones who seemingly have everything and always defer to shopping for the kids and the grandkids when you try to figure out what they might like for themselves. My rule of thumb here is to treat them to a little luxury or two. Think a really fabulous set of luxe hand creams for her, an amazing new fragrance or over the top cozy slippers. For him, think an awesome set of pajamas, a foodie-centric subscription box if he loves to cook, or a handcrafted baseball for the sports aficionado. As always, I went for a range of price points as well as a mix of traditional gifts and more unique items – like a gorgeous trowel for the mother in-law who loves to garden. Be sure to let me know what you think! And share with me your favorite gifts for inlaws, I’d love to hear your ideas!

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws from @cydconverse

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p.s. If you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s edition of The Gift Guide featuring fabulous hostess gifts!

[For Her | 1: Monogram jewelry box | 2: Kate Spade earrings | 3: Lotus table runner | 4: Personalized grandkid ornament | 5: Copper trowel | 6: Laura Mercier hand cream set | 7: Metallic latte mug | 8: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume | 9: Leather clutch | 10: Ted Baker slippers | For Him | 11: Pajamas | 12: Corkscrew and bottle opener | 13: Penny cufflinks with personalized year | 14: Personalized domino set | 15: Monogram cigar cutter | 16: Mantry subscription box | 17: Antler fire starter | 18: Aftershave | 19: Lemon Ball baseball | 20: Homemade Gin Kit.]

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