Good afternoon, friends. How's your day been? So far I have... 1. Made peanut butter and jelly oatmeal.
2. Gone to yoga and only fell twice.
3. Gotten super psyched multiple times because Kate Rozycki is coming in two hours. (!!!)
I like fall holidays because I like opposites. Hot vs. cold. Wet vs. dry. The chill of a Virginia day in late November vs. the warm interior of my mother’s kitchen. Yesterday, for example, I spent thirty minutes out by a creek (gloveless, and therefore making me feel pretty earthy for whatever reason) collecting twigs and sticks to create little nameplates for our Thanksgiving dinner table settings. I strive for all of my interiors to look like an Anthropologie ad. Though my fingers were red and the bottoms of my yoga pants were soaked, I was content knowing that I would soon be able to walk into my warm, cuddly house. Coziness is totally worth the initial, swearword-inducing cold. In fact, I think the chill only heightens the warmth.
…Speaking of which, you know what else heightens the warmth? Wine.
Wine reminds me of my sophomore year of college. I lived in a disintegrating, though loved, three-story house with seven other girls. We called it “The Brothel.” On Thursday nights, we joined together in our onesies and with a few bottles of Walmart’s finest red (it’s called Lucky Duck, and amazing) and parked ourselves on the couch to watch Anchorman. Or Rock-a-Doodle. Or Shaft. It was an open door policy on these “Thirsty Thursdays,” and while it would occasionally turn into a small party, the night usually ended with one of us crying and the rest asleep in a flannel lump.
Wine also reminds me of my most recent trip to Portugal, where every day Alex and I drank approximately a bottle and a half each. (Sorry, Liver.) One night, we decided to give ourselves a “break” and polished off a bottle in the hotel room. The evening peaked when I sang a rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” to the bidet. I’d type out the lyrics for you, but they were rated-R and I’m pretty sure I don’t remember them correctly.
So it’s more than safe to say that wine holds a special place in my heart. It’s my preferred drink, and one that connects me to a plethora of fond memories. Wine is celebratory, casual, and fancy all at once. It’s the perfect beverage for these cold-yet-warm holidays. However, this year I thought I’d bring out wine’s Spanish side and make some Autumnal Sangria.
Did you know such a thing existed? I didn’t until I randomly stumbled upon a recipe while scrolling through Food Gawker. And since Mish (my mother) put me in charge of providing the mixed drinks for the big day tomorrow, I decided to add Pomegranate-Pinot Noir Sangria and Spiced Apple Sangria to the menu. The Pomegranate sangria I got from Josie, over at Pink Parsley. The Spiced Apple will be a Cozy Caravan original, so we’ll see how that turns out. The concoction includes:
-Cold apple cider
-Brinley's Spiced Rum
-Cinnamon, cloves, allspice
I don't think there's much that can go wrong with this combination. If something does, I'll just polish it off myself in a failed-mixologist shame. Kidding. Kinda.
I’ll give you a little sneak peak of our typical holiday. It is, like Brothel Wine Night, an open door policy, so whoever needs a place is invited. This draws in quite the eclectic crowd, so we end up with a dining room full of opposites. (Ehh? See what I did there?) Once Kate arrives, we'll don our aprons and get to work. I’m making the drinks a day in advance so there’s time for the flavors to dance. And with a low of 23 in the forecast, I predict these cocktails to enrich and enliven this already delicious day.
Who knows? We might even throw on our onesies.