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Merry Mulled Wine and Other Delights

By Melissa Unsell, of Vinously Chic.

‘Tis the Holiday Season – one of my favorite times of the year when joy abounds and my heart is filled with warmth as celebrations commence and I merrily enjoy the company of family and friends.  The greatest compliment to this season are the simple pleasures of cocktails (ones focused around wine of course!), and fun gifts for the season.

I wish to share with you some of my favorite indulgences this time of year and some fun gift ideas:


Mulled Wine



  • 2 bottles dry red wine
  • 4 ounces port or brandy
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large orange, zested
  • Serving suggestion: Garnish with cinnamon sticks or freshly ground nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Do not allow mixture to boil. Heat for 20 minutes and serve in a large, heat resistant punch bowl.


Poinsettia Cocktail



  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Champagne
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long


Combine the vodka, Champagne and juice in a large-stemmed red wine glass. Add crushed ice and stir until the mixture is well chilled. Twist the orange strips over the glass, drop them in, and serve.  

The Sonoma Cup

4 1/2 tbsp dry white wine 2 tsp Cointreau 4 1/2 tbsp orange juice 6 tbsp soda water   Shake all but the last ingredient well with ice; strain into a highball glass.  Add the soda, stir gently and garnish with half a slice of orange.   ———————– Below are some fun gifts for the season!  AND, they are all under $100!   Perfect book for a hostess gift, or any shoe fanatic you know!  Purchase it here  This Nixon watch is a timeless piece you can wear for many years to come.  Get yours here     This Marc by Marc Jacobs tote also makes a hostess gift, or a fun way to wrap a gift!    I wish you a season of merriment, bliss, and style!  



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