‘Tis the Season for Creative Eggnog Cocktails (Plus, Bonus Dairy-Free Recipe!)

Poof! Just like that, fall is over and the winter holidays are upon us. We thought we’d kick off this joyful season with a new batch of cocktail recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next party. This year, we are focusing on eggnog — the deliciously creamy and decadent custard drink….

November 30, 2015

You’ve Picked a Peck of Peaches, Now What? (Recipes Included)

Late summer peaches are one of life’s sweetest joys. We are lucky to live near a bunch of farms that grow peaches AND allow you to spend an afternoon picking them. My family and I recently trekked to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA to take advantage of their bounty.  

August 17, 2015

Before Reston Was Reston: The Tale of A. Smith Bowman Distillery

In honor of Founders Day on April 11th we thought we’d dig a little deeper into Reston’s rich history and bring you something out of the ordinary. While we love the fact that our community was ground-breaking at the time and represented a new way of living in suburbia, we’ve often wondered what was here before…

April 7, 2015

Shrubs: A Tart Elixir for a Refreshing Beverage

Recently, shrubs have been gaining in popularity with bartenders across the country. Shrubs are fruit-based, similar to tonics, but preserved with vinegar. They are then mixed with soda water or alcohol to make a tangy, refreshing drink. Because of the acidity, shrubs are perfect as an apéritif or used as an alternative to bitters in cocktails.

February 10, 2015

A Hanukkah Latke Vodka Party: Get Lit While Lighting the Candles!

Bored with child-centric Hanukkah celebrations, Modern Reston co-founder Michelle Schoening and her husband Charlie decided to kick things up a notch this year. With a nod to Michelle’s Russian Jewish heritage and their collective love of swanky cocktail parties, a vodka bar sounded like a no-brainer. After all, it rhymes AND what better way to soak up a strong drink than with…

December 16, 2014

Cheese Plate Basics: Building a Simple Yet Impressive Spread

This week’s installment in our holiday food series — CHEESE! The holiday decorations are up and a steady stream of friends and family is flowing through your door for hot toddys, mulled wine and yuletide cheer. Why not take this opportunity to impress them with your entertaining skills by putting out a gorgeous spread of cheeses and meats to…

December 9, 2014

Four Retro Cocktails for a Swanky Holiday Party

‘Tis the season for cocktail parties! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with nostalgic, retro libations? These classic (and classy) drinks are guaranteed to impress your friends and take your party to the next level.

December 4, 2014

Unconventional Turkey Ideas & One Local’s Outrageous Recipe

Tired of the same tired dry turkey year after year? You are not alone. Much to the chagrin of family members, I feel no sentimentality towards a plain old roasted turkey. This year, with a slew of houseguests, I have decided to push the envelope and have gone in search of unconventional recipes to blow…

November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings: Talking Shop with Wine Guy Andy Creemer

Hosting a crowd of people for Thanksgiving? Tasked with bringing wine to someone else’s house? Then this article is for you! We asked longtime Restonian and resident “Wine Guy” Andy Creemer to select a few wines that best pair with a beloved turkey and all the trimmings. Andy has worked for MacArthur Beverages in D.C. since…

November 17, 2014

Halloween Cocktails: Psychotic Spirits & Bewitching Brews

Whether you are hosting a Halloween party or just prefer to drink alone — in the dark, in a haunted mansion — these ghostly (ghastly!) concoctions will definitely send a chill down your spine. We dusted off the grand tome of classic cocktails and picked three that will impress your friends… or send them into a spiral of madness.

October 22, 2014

Decadent Adult Milkshakes à la Ted’s Bulletin

Cupcakes are old news. Haven’t you heard? Since Ted’s Bulletin arrived on the scene in Reston Town Center the buzz has been about spiked milkshakes—creamy, chilled confections with a mighty kick. Taking a cue from their menu, we decided to give it a-go at home and create our own milkshakes inspired by our favorite cocktails. We promise you’ll…

September 7, 2014