Cocktails and Festive New Year's Eve Outfits with Jeptha Creed Distillery
It’s always fun to ring in the New Year with friends and family. Recently I had the pleasure of attending my first full blown blogger event in Kentucky. It was fun meeting some of the bloggers I’ve followed for a while and reconnecting with those I’ve worked with before. We gathered for a holiday soiree at Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The distillery was decked out in holiday decor ad everyone dressed up in their most festive ensembles.
Personally, I’m not a sequin dress kinda of gal. They’re fun, but I would rather opt for something a bit more comfortable that I could wear again in the future. Anyone who knows me knows that I purchase 90% of my wardrobe from LOFT. No surprise, I also found this fun navy, velvet polkadot top there as well. I snagged it for a great deal on Cyber Monday, but it’s still on sale with an extra 60% off and all sizes are available! I paired it with a simple pair of black smoking pants. These are from Macy’s, but you can find a pair at most big department stores or somewhere like LOFT, Ann Taylor or Banana Republic.
No New Year’s Eve look is complete without a fun pair of shoes and statement jewelry - especially if you opt for a more low key outfit like this. I picked up these blue velvet sandals at Macy’s for around $15 last winter and was excited to see they matched this top perfectly! I’ve linked a similar pair here. To complete the look I got this necklace at Work the Metal after seeing it on their Instagram - it’s the definition of a statement necklace! It looks super heavy, but the back is covered with felt which the jewels are attached to making it light and easy to wear.
If you’re planning to have a get together to ring in the New Year you're going to need a cocktail to toast 2019! Jeptha Creed has a few delicious batched cocktail recipes to choose from on their blog. Whether you’re looking for something super simple or to challenge your bartending skills, they have something for you.
A personal favorite of mine that is both festive and delicious is the Jeptha Winter Spritz! The flavors and cranberry garnish make for a perfect party cocktail. Here’s how you make it according to the Jeptha Creed website:
MIXOLOGY LEVEL: Intermediate
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
2 cups Jeptha Creed Original Vodka
2 cups Cranberry/ Rosemary Simple Syrup (4 cups water, 4 cups sugar, fresh cranberries, and fresh rosemary)
2 cups fresh grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Sparkling Rose Brute
Making Simple Syrup
Combine equal parts sugar and water over low heat and stir until all the sugar dissolves
Add fresh cranberries and rosemary to your simple syrup you want enough to flavor the syrup. 5-6 sprigs of rosemary and 2+ cups of cranberries
Bring the pot up to medium heat and let is simmer WITHOUT BOILING until cranberries are soft.
Tastes your syrup and adjust for flavor. It should be fragrant and bright red
When they syrup is to your liking strain of the fruit and herbs
Making your Cocktail
Combine 2 cups of cranberry simple syrup, 2 cups grapefruit juice, and 2 cups of Jeptha Creed Original Vodka in a pitcher
When serving fill half your champagne flute with the Vodka mixture and top with sparkling rose
garnish your cocktail with a sprig of fresh rosemary and cooked cranberries from your syrup
Jeptha Creed creates their spirits using all natural ingredients and their unique ground-to-glass distillation process. They grow or locally sources all of their ingredients and use a special heirloom variety of corn called Bloody Butcher offering a delicious, nutty flavor to their spirits. They have created a number of spirts including Moonshine (Cinnamon, Blackberry, Apple Pie, Louisville Lemonade and Original Flavors), Vodka (Blueberry, Honey, Apple, Coffee, Hot Pepper, and Original Flavors) and Whiskey. Their bourbon will be available in Spring 2019 - an even better reason to be excited for 2019!
If you’re looking for something fun to do in 2019, pay a visit to Jeptha Creed’s beautiful facility. They offer tours and tastings, host private events, concerts every Friday night and much more! Check out their website for a full event calendar, product listings and to find their products at your local liquor store and restaurants. You won’t be disappointed!
We were able to create some beautiful content thanks to Jenny Lane Henson of Jenfolio, our photographer for the day. A huge thanks to the Bluegrass Bloggers for having me at this event, our gracious vendors who supplied gift bags and Jeptha Creed Distillery for hosting us!
Barrel Down South / @barreldownsouth
Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop / @hillenmeyerchristmasshop
Marabelle Creations / @mirabellecreations
Work the Metal / @workthemetal
Drake’s / @drakescomeplay
Lexington Lettering / @lexington_lettering
While Foods / @wholefoodslex
Jeptha Creed Distillery / @jepthacreed
Photography by Jenny Hansen Lane of Jenfolio / @jenfolio
Tif Fanin / Bright on a Budget
Abbie Chambers / @_absofab
Nicole Green / What Nicole Wore
Whitney Scheibel / Fabulous in Fayette
Ryann Brown / Styled in Blue
Anne Kate Goshko / Project Stepmom
Maya Griffin / Pugs and Paprika
Lindsay Latimer / Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilletos
Courtney Hastings / Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Jenny Hansen Lane / Jen Folio Photography
Leela Foley / Lex Eats
Porsche Coney / Mommy and Ministry