Brian Hart Hoffman is our go-to expert for everything cocktail.





A lifestyle expert, collector of antique and vintage barware, author of the drinks-sensational book


who also just happens to bake up a storm, he knows a thing or two about cocktails!


You may remember meeting him HERE >



And falling in love with his French bar cart!





Inspired by his love of all things “drinks” related, and his chic bar cart,


 I curated this selection of antique and vintage barware

for you to be the chicest host or hostess in town.


1.Antique Sterling English Estate Wine Funnel | 2. Vintage Silver Cut Crystal Claret Jug 3. Antique Tufts Silver Pitcher | 4. Set of Decanter Labels.

5. Large English Silver Champagne Magnum Coaster | 6. Vintage French Champagne Bucket and Toasting Goblets| 7. Antique Twisted Handle Olive Fork | 8.Edwardian English Silver Olive Fork


Antique & Vintage Sterling and Silver Plate Decanter Labels




I’m sharing this delicious cocktail made with Bourbon

from Brian’s book THE COUPE.

Because Bourbon is more popular than ever right now.



{ Don’t let the name fool you. I know it’s not fall.

But really? This warming cocktail is a hit anytime of year. }


Especially now in January, when we could all use a little pick up to beat the winter chill.





Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York

Makes 1 serving

Bourbon (1 oz)
Calvados Apple Brandy (1 oz)
Fresh apple cider (1 oz)
Thyme Simple Syrup (1?2 oz.) – See recipe below
Fresh lemon juice (1?2 oz.)
Angostura Bitters Garnish: dried or fresh apple slices (1 dash)

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add bourbon, brandy, cider, Thyme Simple Syrup, lemon juice, and bitters. Shake to combine, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.


Makes about 1?2 cup

1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
Fresh thyme – about 15 sprigs

In small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat, swirling pan to help prevent burning and form syrup. Remove from heat. Add thyme sprigs, and steep until syrup is completely cooled; a clear thyme flavor should come through. Remove and discard thyme pieces. Keep the syrup in the refrigerator.


Sounds delicious? non?


You can buy Brian’s book THE COUPE HERE >

à votre santé!

à bientôt


If you want to romance your Home and Garden with antique and vintage treasures to make you smile each time you come home, visit our shop FrenchGardenHouse.


  1. Such exquisite bar items…chic indeed! Will have to pass the drink recipe on to my bourbon loving friends…I gained an appreciation for bourbon while taking the various tours on the “Bourbon Trail”…Have a great day Lidy!

  2. That sounds like so much fun, Shirley, a Bourbon Trail Tour. I don’t really drink much, as you know, but can appreciate a great cocktail before a special occasion dinner. {I usually only drink half of it, but enjoy it!}. There is an art to creating a beautiful cocktail. When we entertain, I often serve a signature drink.

  3. Lidy, such beautiful items to create a lovely bar cart. I have been thinking of creating such an area in my dining room. The cocktail recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing! Happy Wednesday!!!

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