Mulled Wine

Monday, December 15, 2014 0 No tags 1

The first time I had mulled wine was about 5 years ago in Vienna, Austria. It was early December and the Christmas markets were already in full swing. If you’ve never been to Austria or Germany during the winter it is AMAZING and I highly recommend it. They take Christmas very seriously and are pros when it comes to decorations, celebrations and food and drink.

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Mulled wine wasn’t something I was ever really all that interested in, but after holding a hot cup of it between my freezing hands and sipping it under twinkly lights, I was sold. I tend to forget how much I love it, but this holiday season I will forget no more! I’m back in the mulling game.

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My friend Charlie sells this great little organic mulling spice blend in her Minor Thread shop. It’s great not only with red wine but also apple cider. The cardamom, cloves, allspice, orange peel and cinnamon is just so comforting and fragrant. I usually like to use a an inexpensive (around $10) southern French red for mulled wine (the Les Heretiques is always a winner). Just throw a bottle of the wine in a pan with 1 tbsp of the spice blend and let it come to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain out the spice bits and you are good to go. Let the holiday cozy feelings commence.

Pictured: Bottle Stock indigo + cochineal dyed linen cocktail napkins and gold burst corkscrew.

Holiday Parties

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1 No tags 0

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I have a love/hate relationship with holiday parties. Once December rolls around, everyone and their mom has a party. The evites pop up in abundance and I get overwhelmed. But then I get to the party and I feel bad about complaining that I have friends that want to invite me to things and realize there is amazing food and drink and people I care about and life is great.

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The Domaine LA holiday party was this past weekend and it’s one I always look forward to. This year was especially nice and hosted by some friends of the shop at their beautiful home. We ended the night on the deck outside eating persimmon pudding, drinking more wine and taking in the twinkly LA city view. Pretty magical.

To see what we had to eat and drink, head over to the Domaine LA blog.

Ludlow’s Cocktail Co. Jelly Shots

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 0 No tags 0

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It’s a party in a pod y’all! The talented and inventive ladies behind Coolhaus ice cream have just debuted a brand new company and product – Ludlow’s Cocktail Co. Jelly Shots. As a supremely lazy person, this is a concept I can very much get behind! And their whole line-up is dang good. They offer five classic cocktail flavors- Fresh Lime Margarita, Old Fashioned, Meyer Lemon Drop, Planter’s Punch and Moscow Mule. And all the “jelly shots” are made with premium spirits and, like, real ingredients. No funny stuff.

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They come five to a pack and would make a super fun stocking stuffer or hostess gift. I mean, I wouldn’t mind having a stash in my fridge at all times for a quick pick-me-up. They could also come in handy when traveling or heading out to a concert or movie, you dig?

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There is something so satisfying about touching jell-o. And eating it, especially when there’s booze in it.

Ludlow Cocktail Co. Jelly Shots are available for purchase at select Fresh & Easy locations and these fine stores in California, as well as from Saucey, the awesome new alcohol delivery app!

Thanksgiving Wine Round-Up

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1 No tags 0

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I rarely talk about wine and Thanksgiving on the blog. It always seems like a daunting task and my usual advice is just to drink whatever makes you happy! But, when other people ask me to choose Thanksgiving wines, it’s kinda more fun. Check out my picks over on A Cozy Kitchen and three more on Dine x Design. And then watch my most recent Youtube vid for my thoughts on what I like to drink on the biggest eating holiday of the year! So many options.


 

Photo by A Cozy Kitchen