fall drink: mulled wine

mulled wine | madeline made

when the weather gets cold enough, i love making festive fall drinks. this mulled wine recipe is one of my all time favorites – given to me by my sister-in-law, brittney. you can add whiskey if you like the flavor or keep it simple. josh and i will be enjoying this around the firepit this weekend.

mulled wine

1/4 whiskey or brandy, optional
1 bottle red wine, i use cabernet sauvignon or merlot
1/3 cup honey or sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 oranges, sliced
7 whole cloves
1 tsp allspice or ginger, can also add star anise

combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. add brandy or whiskey if you like the flavor. strain and serve, serves 4-6. enjoy!

xoxo madeline

catbird seat

i owe a few promised posts. my little family (my husband and dog) just got done with our nightly routine of walking and fixing dinner together. i said i was going to post my ottoman restyle and got a little too lazy sunday, but then i realized i have still not posted pictures of birthday dinner at catbird seat. it was really a perfect night. the restaurant has a set menu and personalized mine to be pescetarian. each course had a wine pairing (so delicious!)


{outdoor sign and one happy birthday girl}


{oyster + apples, wild rice krispy | hot chicken}


{roasted vegetables, beets, and crispy rice | poached halibut with egg yolk}


{chef + wine pairing | roasted fall vegetables}


{egg with custard + thyme | bourbon beads with cherry crisp}


{pretty + personal menu}

awesome food, awesome night. thank you sweetheart. ottoman restyle tomorrow.