BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
Posted on 14 July 2017
So here we are, in the deep dark depths of winter and it's ice cold outside. Days are best spent snuggled on the lounge or nestled amongst the luxurious layers of your bedlinen for as long as you possibly can. But what about the nights? What about all those friends and family who you just can't live without no matter the temperature? Even as the days shorten and the nights darken it is still ever so gorgeous to gather those you love around a fire to share laughs, conversation and a glass of soul warming mulled wine or two.
Think about creating a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions scattered about and an abundant supply of rugs and knitted throws to keep your guests warm. A fireplace or fire pit is key to a mid-winter get together and if you are fortunate enough to have either of these it is best to style you're gathering around them. Set the scene with lots of gentle flickering candlelight, fragrant, velvety winter blooms in moody shades and some soft background music.
Winter is the ultimate season for comfort food and a plentiful cheese and charcuterie plate is just that. Simply pile platters abundantly with all the goodies that your local deli has to offer and set them out for everyone to graze on as they please. Place heavy ceramic bowls laden with in season fruit or citrus on the table for an instant injection of wintery tone. Serve mulled wine out of a vintage copper saucepan into cut crystal glasses of assorted design for the ultimate in chic winter entertaining. We have a much adored Mulled wine recipe to share with you and yours, we hope you enjoy.
1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
1/4 cup honey or sugar
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise, blackberries
1.Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminium saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!) Over medium-high heat.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes. You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.