The holidays are all about indulging in tasty treats and a festive drink (or two!), which is made all the sweeter by throwing some good friends into the mix. Last weekend Kassie, Ashley and I got together to christen Ash's snazzy new bar car, complete with mulled wine, candied cranberries and a surprising take on the classic cake pop... hey, girls will be girls!
Moscow Mule mugs- Chapters (love the customizable version)
Ashley was good enough to whip up some tasty mulled wine for us to sip on in between snort-filled laughs and ogling Kass' baby girl (she's seriously the cutest!). It was easily the best mulled wine I've ever tasted, and it went a little something like this:
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle red wine (we used this cabernet sauvignon because of the bottle's copper details, obviously)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 4 cloves
- 3 star anise
- Garnish of your choice (like dried oranges!)
Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes before serving it up... Prepare for one tasty (albeit, boozy) smelling kitchen!
Oh, and do you see those pretty-looking cranberries in the corner? Yup, Kass made those (man I love my friends). Apparently soaking the berries overnight in simple syrup and then letting them air dry results in that gorgeous little treat — I know, I know, total witchcraft. Get the full recipe here!
Dress: Kate Spade | necklace- Forever 21 (more statement necklaces) | studded cuff- J.Crew | ring- Gorjana | paper fans- Oh Joy! for Target
And last but certainly not least, the cake pops... but not just any old cake pops, thank you very much — fruit cake cake pops. I'll just give you a minute to process that. Now before your face goes ahead and freezes in that look of disgust your currently making, hear me out — we all get (unwanted) fruit cakes each year, but Ashley and I may have just found a way to make them more palatable. Simply take little chunks of the stuff and roll them into balls, or if you're a cake-pop purist, mix the cake with vanilla icing and refrigerate for 20 minutes before rolling into balls. From there, carefully add the sticks and dip the pops into melted chocolate before refrigerating overnight — et voila! A tasty twist on an old holiday staple... trust me, they're good.
On Kassie: Dress- Anthropologie (on sale!) | heels- Betsey Johnson | bracelets- Joe Fresh | bar cart- Target | candle- Anthropologie
Thanks for joining in on the fun friends, and if you happen to make some fruit cake cake pops of your own, I would love to see! Just hashtag them #shitfashionbloggerseat... jokes! xx
Photos by Aaron Camponi (aka "Mr. Kastles")