The softness of early fall wedding season calls for earthy tones that are slightly subdued. The days are still warm but nights and mornings hold a bright crispness in the air. For this inspiration board I chose a delicate gray and a warm sage and punctuated it with a bold gold to signal the easing out of summer and the coming of autumn.
Peach Shrub and Sage Mocktail
The mountains are still enjoying peaches well into summer, and Rachel over at Set The Table is absolutely over the moon for Colorado peaches. Inspired by fellow blogger Jennifer from Use Real Butter, Rachel came up with a delightfully unique, make-ahead mocktail or cocktail for a fall wedding.
Directions for Peach Scrub and Sage Mocktail: Set the Table combines the sweet flavor of summer peaches with classic fall flavors like sage, nutmeg and apple cider. To make the mocktail, muddle sage leaves with a peach shrub in a cocktail glass. In a shaker, shake together the apple cider and nutmeg with ice and pour into your cocktail glass. Top with a sage leaf to garnish. Get the full recipe HERE.
To Make the Shrub: A shrub is a vinegar-based fruit syrup popular in the craft cocktail syrup. Shrubs are super easy to make and will last in your refrigerator for up to a year. Simply chop up your peaches. In a large bowl, mix them with sugar. Cover and refrigerate for about a week while the peaches break down a bit and the juice is fully extracted. Strain the juice. Scrape any residual sugar. Then add some vinegar and whisk until all of the leftover sugar is fully disolved. Bottle it or put it in a giant mason jar until you’re ready to use it. Get the full recipe HERE.
Tips: If you’d like to turn this into a alcoholic beverage, simply add vodka. You can also experiment with different fruits and vinegars. Strawberries and champagne vinegar anyone?
Bride in Sage – Photography by Diana McGregor, Floral Design by Sweet Marie Designs, Wedding Dress by Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory via Once Wed | Peach Shrub and Sage Mocktail by Set the Table | Boutonniere and Ribbon – Photography by Clayton Austin via the his blog, The Sparrow and the Crow | Botanical Print Invitation – Photography by Jen Huang Photo, Calligraphy by Paperfinger via 100 Layer Cake | Reception – Photography by Jose Villa Photography, Floral Design by Saipua via Style Me Pretty | Silver Shoes – Photography by Caroline Tran, Shoes by Jimmy Choo via Style Me Pretty | Wedding Cake – Photography by Scott Andrew Studio, Cake by Sweet On Cake via Once Wed