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Cocktail Time -> Mulled Winter Sangria

styling by jennifer oatsvall | photo by    alyssa joy photography

styling by jennifer oatsvall | photo by alyssa joy photography

If you desire a warm hug in a glass in cold, wet weather as much as I do, you are in luck. Last week the weather was so gross day of our Christmas party and I really wanted a warm drink that was comforting and felt cheerful. I flipped through many a cider and mulled wine recipe but nothing jumped out at me because what I really wanted was sangria. It’s my favorite party drink because wine and fruit and you mix it up in a pitcher and forget about it. But it’s also cold. And it was cold outside. And raining. So I thought I’d try my hand at a warm version. I’ll be honest, this was a gamble on my part as I am not a drink maker. But it turned out great plus it’s really easy to throw together. Also, crock pot! Make and walk away. AND it keeps well in the fridge if there is any left + reheats in the microwave beautifully. The first batch disappeared really quickly - always a good sign - so I threw together a second batch. I’ve had several people ask for the recipe so thought I would throw it on the old blog to share.

NOTE: obviously the end result will vary depending on the wine purchased. My first batch was made with a Côtes du Rhône Villages (75% Grenache/25% Syrah blend), the second with a Cabernet. They each had their own personality but the first batch was my favorite and the one that disappeared quickly. I had some of the cabernet batch left over and it mellowed nicely in the fridge (and I might’ve enjoyed having it around to sip on in the evening). I would suggest letting it marry longer if you choose a cab or merlot varietal because it definitely became quite lovely the next day.

Mulled Winter Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle red wine (read NOTE above)

2 c unsweetened apple juice (I used Martinelli’s)

2 c cranberry juice (not cocktail)

1/2 c black rum (I used Gosling)

1/4 - 1/3 c orange liqueur

1 orange

1/2 - 3/4 c brown sugar, packed

4 cinnamon sticks

1 - 2 tsp whole clove

1/2 - 1 c fresh whole cranberries

Directions

You can use a crock pot or do this on the stove top. Several ingredients have a range. This is because I literally made this up as I went so there were a couple adjustments; mostly around sugar/spices as I did not want to make it a sweet drink. I would start on the low end of the measurement and move up from there.

Add red wine, apple and cranberry juices to crockpot. Using a vegetable peeler, peel three good strips from the orange being careful to avoid the pith (it will make the drink bitter if too much pith) and toss in crock pot. Slice the orange in half and juice directly into crock pot. Sprinkle in the sugar, spices, and cranberries. Turn crock pot on high and give it all a good stir before putting the lid on. Let it heat for 30 minutes. Give it a taste test (careful, it will be hot) and adjust spices + sugar as needed to taste.

Fine Art Wedding Inspiration + A Juicy Citrus Color Story

Hello dear ones! Who has a love for fine art photography for weddings but an equal love of color? While it's true that fine art generally skews neutral or very pastel, it doesn't have to. Fine art wedding photography can indeed be colorful and we're going to show you using juicy tones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Featured on Style Me Pretty

The simplest way to incorporate bright color into your day? Florals. Large blooms in bold colors easily carry the color story throughout your event. Not to mention your florist will adore you for choosing something different. And while beautiful silk ribbons are all the rage for bouquets (and let's be honest, hopefully here to stay), I chose to use a sash of chiffon on the bouquet instead for a twist. 

An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet.   Photo by  Julie Paisley Photography . Florals by  Petal and Pine .   Styling by Feather + Oak.   Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet. Photo by Julie Paisley Photography. Florals by Petal and PineStyling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.

Bright, citrus tones look gorgeous punctuated with white linens. Instead of the solid, banquet style linen I opted for vintage lace for it's textural beauty and feminine detail.

A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Exquisite florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by Julie Paisley. Exquisite florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful, bold paper suite sets the tone for this wedding. This is the calling card for event expectations. There's no doubt you're going to see lovely color at a wedding when you receive this in the post. 

A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .

A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie Paisley.

When you have bright florals on the table, I prefer to keep place settings fairly neutral to let those blooms take center stage. Here I incorporated a blush goblet, a linen napkin in a juicy tone pulled from the bouquet, and a menu card that ties the paper suite to the table setting. 

Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings.   Paper goods by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .   Florals by  Petal and Pine .

Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings. Paper goods by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie PaisleyFlorals by Petal and Pine.

And lastly, the most fun way to incorporate color into fine art wedding photography: be the color. As in wear it. I am such a fan of wedding gowns in color and their detail is captured so beautifully in photos. I mean...

You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by Julie Paisley. Florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.