I have a book to share and giveaway just in time for the holiday season: *InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round (Oxmoor House, October 2017)
InStyle Parties is the must-have resource for anyone looking to host chic parties without stress or guesswork. Packed with everything you need to throw an affair to remember, InStyle Parties offers expert ideas for hosting 15 unique celebrations, from dinners, game-day gatherings, and holiday festivities to boozy brunches, Oscar parties, and summertime soirees.
For each party, you’ll get a customized menu of recipes (including a signature cocktail), invitation inspiration, tabletop ideas, suggestions for take-home gifts or group activities, and a detailed timeline for seamless party preparation.
The editors of InStyle share their best hostess tips, including how to pair wines and create the perfect cheese plate. You’ll also find a list of more than 100 trusted resources for all your entertaining needs.
There is plenty of party and entertaining inspiration to be found in this book! I want to have a Mother’s Day Tea, throw a Woodland Baby Shower and pack a 4th of July Picnic!
A recipe for Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch sounded perfect to kick off the holiday season and to mix up to enjoy over Thanksgiving weekend with family!
I adapted the recipe to put my slow cooker to work for easy holiday entertaining! This recipe is a keeper and ideal for Making Spirits Bright this Christmas season and to enjoy through the winter months!
Slow Cooker Cranberry Mulled Wine, adapted from InStyle Parties
Makes 12 – 14 servings
1 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
48 oz. (6 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
1 orange, sliced
4 to 6 cinnamon sticks
3 – 5 star anise
2 bottles (750 ml) fruity, dry red wine such as Gamay Beaujolais
1/2 cup honey, or more to taste
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur or brandy (optional)
Rinse berries and place in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; add wine, cranberry juice and honey and stir to combine. Add orange slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Turn slow cooker on high; cover with lid and allow flavors to meld, about 30 – 40 minutes, until warm.
After 30 minutes, turn slow cooker to the ‘keep warm’ setting. Add almond extract and stir in orange liqueur/brandy if desired. Cover with lid and allow to mixture steep on warm setting for 30 minutes, then ladle into cups or stemmed glasses. Serve with a fresh orange slice and cinnamon stick.
This is oh so good and dangerously easy to drink! The almond extract was a surprising addition and adds wonderful, warm note.
~Steeping wine brings out the tannic, sour flavors in all wines, so sweeten to taste. Taste after first 30 minutes and add more honey if needed.
~Use a fruity, dry red wine of your choice. Beaujolais is perfect for this, but substitute a different varietal if you prefer as long as it isn’t overly oaked (naturally more tannic) to avoid a bitter flavor after steeping.
~Don’t overheat your wine, bring to a simmer, but not a boil.
~Substitute apple cider for the wine for a nonalchoholic beverage.
For a chance to win a copy of InStyle Parties, leave a comment sharing a favorite party recipe or entertaining tip!
This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S.
A winner will be chosen November 25th.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
*Thank you to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of InStyle Parties.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!
Slow Cooker Cranberry Mulled Wine
Put your slow cooker to work for making spirits bright this holiday season and to enjoy through the winter months. Oh so good and dangerously easy to drink! The almond extract is a surprising addition and adds wonderful, warm note to the mulled wine.
- 5 or 6-quart slow cooker
- 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 48 oz. 6 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 orange sliced
- 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks
- 3 - 5 star anise
- 2 bottles 750 ml fruity, dry red wine such as Gamay Beaujolais
- 1/2 cup honey or more to taste
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur or brandy optional
- Rinse berries and place in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; add wine, cranberry juice and honey; stir to combine.
- Add orange slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Turn slow cooker on high; cover with lid and allow flavors to meld, about 30 - 40 minutes, until warm.
- After 30 minutes, turn slow cooker to 'keep warm' setting. Add almond extract and stir in orange liqueur/brandy if desired.
- Cover with lid and allow to mixture steep on warm setting for 30 minutes, then ladle into cups or stemmed glasses. Serve with a fresh orange slice and cinnamon stick.
- The almond extract sounds like a strange addition, but it adds an unexpected and wonderful, warm note.
- Steeping wine naturally brings out the tannic, sour flavors, so add your honey and sweeten to taste. Taste after first 30 minutes and add more if needed.
- If you substitute a different variety of red wine, don't use an overly oaked wine which has more tannins to avoid tasting bitter.
- Don't overheat the wine, bring to a simmer, not a boil.
- Substitute apple cider for the wine for a nonalchoholic beverage.