Housewarming Party Cocktail Recipes

As promised, we’re sharing the full recipes from the first installment of our summer cocktail party series! The District of Columbia is a transient town, and even folks like us who have been here for a decade (!) move around inside the city quite a bit. We drew on our own springtime move to a new house as inspiration for this housewarming party featuring some light and airy St-Germain cocktails, perfect for this time of year, each owing a little bit to this beautiful city we call home. We hope you enjoy!

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The Scidmore

2 1/2 oz Sake
1/2 oz 
1/2 oz Cherry Blossom Syrup
1 Dash Rosewater

Combine all the ingredients, stir well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cocktail Recipe Card: The Scidmore Cherry Blossom Cocktail, Illustration by Dinara Mirtalipova for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Scidmore – named in honor of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, the very impressive lady who first brought our iconic cherry blossom trees from Japan to DC in 1912 – combines Japan’s dry rice wine with the sweet floral notes of St-Germain and some pretty unique Japanese cherry blossom syrup, and just a bit of rosewater (not too much or it will completely overwhelm the drink!). All those sweet, flowery ingredients could make this a cloying drink, but the complex dryness of the Sake helps make this a crisp, clear, bright drink – and plenty light, since Sake doesn’t have a very high proof. If making ahead in a big batch for a party, measure out your ingredients in the proper proportions, combine everything ahead of time, then stir with lots of ice and strain into a chilled pitcher just before serving.

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The District Sour

2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz 
1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur
1/2 oz Rich Simple Syrup

Combine all the ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass – or a highball glass filled with ice – then top with sparkling water and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cocktail Recipe Card: The District Sour, Illustration by Dinara Mirtalipova for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The District Sour is tart and sweet, complexly floral and botanical from that fantastic combination of Gin and St-Germain, with a refreshingly sparkling finish, perfect for spring and summer. Just make sure to use cherry liqueur, which should be sweet and fruity, and not Cherry Heering, which will be a bit too dry and spicy. If making for a party, increase your proportions and combine everything ahead of time. Just before you’re ready to serve (any later and you’ll lose your fizz), shake everything with lots of ice, strain into a chilled pitcher, and top with of sparkling water.

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Rosemary-Strawberry Fizz

2 oz Rosemary-Infused Dry Gin or Genever
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Rich Simple Syrup
2-3 Strawberries
Tonic or Seltzer Water

A few days before serving, submerge a few rosemary sprigs in a glass jar filled with Gin or Genever (we used the maltier, smoother Genever) and let sit for a few days. Strain out the rosemary, then combine the Genever, juice, syrup and strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the strawberries well, then shake everything with ice. Strain into a highball glass (you may want to double-strain with a sieve or cheesecloth to get out all that pulp), top with seltzer water – or better yet, tonic water to add a touch of bitterness to complement the rosemary – just before serving and drink without hesitation. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Cocktail Recipe Card: Rosemary-Infused Strawberry Gin Fizz, Illustration by Dinara Mirtalipova for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Another light, crisp sour perfect for spring and summer, this Fizz will convince you that an herb like rosemary has plenty of business in a cocktail. It’s complexly botanical, light and sweet, richly fruity from the fresh strawberries, balanced by the refreshing bitterness of the tonic. If making for a party, scale up all you your ingredients and combine ahead of time. Then muddle, shake, strain into a chilled pitcher, and top with the tonic or seltzer water just before serving.

All illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip-Dye Menu Cards: Fig. 2 Design Studio

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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  1. This makes me want to plan a party right now to serve these up and laugh with friends. Love the recipe cards! Thanks for sharing!


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