Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Frocktails: Fine Wine

I've shared this mulled wine recipe before, but I like it so much, I couldn't resist endorsing it one more time and pairing a dress with it. I've tried a few versions of mulled wine, but I come back to this one every winter. I love the blend of spices and the way the apple cider and orange juice mellow out the alcohol and add some sweetness.

This purple dress by Free People is so comfortable! I'm a fan of the vibrant color, soft cotton material and details like the back cutout. It's cute enough for a day out, but cozy enough to lounge around in at home while you're sipping on that mulled wine.

Mulled Wine
Recipe adapted slightly from Ina Garten

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
3 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, peeled and juiced
4 whole cloves
4 star anise
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 orange, peeled, for garnish

Combine the cider, wine, honey and orange juice in a large saucepan. Using cheesecloth and twine, create a sachet for the orange peel, ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise and add to pan. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Pour into mugs, add a large piece of orange peel to each and serve. Makes 4-6 servings.

Dress found here. Pendant found here. Frocktails is a monthly feature for fashion and libation inspiration.


  1. I had mulled wine this past Christmas for the first time and I just fell in love with the taste! I have to try this recipe! Adorable dress too! =)


  2. I've yet to try mulled wine! I'll have to try this recipe soon, even though Christmas is already passed.

  3. that drink looks amazing and that dress looks so gorgeous on you!


  4. I absolutely love your Frocktails series!! It's probably my favorite series out of all the series on all the blogs I love! lol! And that dress looks fantastic on you!!!

    Awesome Photos!!

  5. OOoh I love mulled wine, thank you for sharing!



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