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Hello and Happy Wednesday! I asked Kesley of Mistu Company to create something special for our winter readers, and she designed a beautifully illustrated invitation suite and matching cocktail for you to sip on while enjoying this bit of winter wonderland here in Brooklyn.

Kelsey is an graphic designer, living and working from Brooklyn, NY. She works under the guise of Mistu Company and designs custom wedding invitations and party goods. Beyond invitations she is an aspiring sign painter and avid cocktail enthusiast.

Invitations set the mood & style for what people will expect at your event, but nothing sets the tone for your party like a delicious signature cocktail. The style for this couple’s invitation suite was inspired by the backs of old cabinet card photos, which they had collected throughout the years. The wedding was set in a restored Art Deco bank lobby, which was styled with floral arrangements on stacks old books, along with cabinet card photos and other collected vintage elements. To follow along with the theme, we came up with a signature cocktail reminiscent of the classic Manhattan cocktail. We named the cocktail “La Cerisse,” french for The Cherry. The spices in this cocktail remind me of the holidays and the rye whisky can warm up even the coldest of winter days. Cheers!



“La Cerisse”

2 oz. Rye Whisky

3/4 oz. Heering Cherry Liquer

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 Honey Syrup

1/4 St Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Makes 1 cocktail


Cocktail Shaker

Jigger (or other measuring tool of the liquid ounce nature)


Lemon peel (for garnish)

Honey Syrup: Mix Equal parts hot water and honey. This will allow the honey to be easily mix into the cocktail. Refrigerate- keep for as long the sell by date on the container.

For the Cocktail:

1. Make honey syrup,  let cool to room temperature.

2. Add ice to cocktail shaker and add all ingredients listed

3. Give the contents a few good, hard shakes

4. Strain and serve up in desired cocktail glass. Here we used my grandmother crystal wine glasses, she’s a classy lady.

5. Garnish with a lemon peel and Enjoy!

sidenote: If you can’t find Cherry Heering at your local liquor store any generic brand of Cherry Liquor will do. St. Elizabeth Allspice dram may be a hard one to find. In case of this you can steep whole allspice berries in hot water (about 10 minutes), then use that water to make the honey syrup. In this instance use 3/4 oz of allspice-honey syrup.

All liquor ingredients can be found here: Astorwines.com