Baby, it’s cold outside! I woke up to ice-covered-everything and the trek to my car (super grateful for a garage!) was treacherous in my ankle cowgirl booties. Temperatures sticking to the 30’s this week and snow on the forecast has me dreaming of cozy wintry nights at home with a fire (on-demand for us), glowing Christmas tree and holiday tunes on the radio. Add in a hot drink to warm my belly and I could stay in that scene for days. I’mmm dreaming of a whiiiiiite Christmas…
Ok, ok. The holidays will be here before we know it, I know. Which got me thinking about all of the fun additions to holiday nuptials around this time of year. Vintage or family heirloom furs to complement snow-white gowns, dark ruby lips, and Lady Mary-style gloves, oh my! There are so many ways to make a holiday wedding festive without including the obligatory red or green, and a simple place to start is with this yummy signature cocktail! Mulled wine is delicious and smells even better, and can be easily dressed up with a cinnamon stick or floating cranberries like in the recipe below. It’s the perfect way to warm up guests and set the tone for a cozy evening filled with festive flair.
Mulled wine with Cranberries
recipe via Real Simple Magazine
- 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 pieces star anise
- 3 cups dry red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.