Holiday Escape: Snow Day + Winter Wine and Cider Recipes

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The majority of my winter activities are about staying indoors and avoiding the actual weather that comes with winter. But for today’s Holiday Escape, we thought it would be fun to actually get outside a bit and enjoy the snow. Brooklyn has been covered in snow for days now, but yesterday we got the softest coating of super-light snow that was perfect for snowball fights, snow angels and- if you’re Hope- just good old fashioned running around. To sweeten the outdoor fun, we decided to make our own winter drinks and bring them in thermoses for when our hands (and stomachs) needed a little warming. You can check out the full recipes, and more photos of our day in the snow, after the jump! xo, grace

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman and Jorge de la Barra of de la Barra Photography

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Image above, clockwise from top left: Hazy Check Blanket $95, Camp Socks $13.50, Thumbs Up Shearling Gloves $95, Vintage Forest Feast Thermos Bottle $14.99, Ilia Lip Balm $24, Combo Sunnies $50, Snow Ball Maker $5.99, Heart-Print Scarf $120, Lanyard Key Fob $15

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Mulled Wine

-1 bottle of red wine (Good bets are a young Merlot, Burgundy, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo, or a Beaujolais)
-1/4 cup of Snap (http://www.artintheage.com/spirits-landing/snap/#)
-1/4 cup honey
-8-10 cloves
-2 cinnamon sticks
-1 peeled and sliced orange

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Strain and serve.

Whiskey Cider:

-3 cups of apple juice
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-4 shots (a bit more than half a cup) of Irish Whiskey
-3 cinnamon sticks

Heat apple juice and spices in a pot on the stove. Once hot (close to boiling), remove from heat, give the juice a stir and let the spices infuse. The spices may appear to be clumping at the start, but after cooling for 5 minutes, they will settle to the bottom of the mix. Add whiskey and reheat to serve.

We also love this Wassail Punch recipe!

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  1. Maria R. says:

    What a fun post! Almost makes me want to go outdoors & play. Thank you for all of the inspiring posts throughout the year. May the DS team have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Maria R. says:

    What a fun post! Almost makes me want to go outdoors & play. Thank you for all of the inspiring posts throughout the year. May the DS team have a wonderful holiday

  3. Jen says:

    Love the fun in the snow pictures.

    Happy holidays to you, and thanks for D*S!

  4. Maria R. says:

    What a fun post! Almost makes me want to go outdoors and play. Thank you for all of the inspiring content throughout the year. May the DS team and their famililes have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Hope clearly had the most fun today!

    PS. I have a few pairs of the Camp Socks (wearing a pair right now) and I LOVE THEM. So cozy. They’re the best socks!

  6. Kristin S says:

    I love that photo in the snow! I think of such fond memories of winter in NYC!

  7. Kristin S says:

    I love that photo you all in the snow! Plus it makes me think of such fond memories of winter in NYC!

  8. Alex says:

    Looks like a really fun day. I love the plaid coat! Any chance you could maybe share where its from?

  9. Liane says:

    Yes! And Amy’s boots – I want a pair

  10. Amy Azzarito says:

    Hi guys – the plaid coat is a vintage ebay find. :)
    Thanks! Amy

  11. Alex says:

    Thanks Amy, I was hoping you wouldn’t say that :P

    Liane, I think her boots look like Sorel Caribou’s or something really similar to them. They are really cute!

  12. Haily says:

    Well, i live in San Francisco and we barely have snow down here, almost makes me wish for some kind of cold weather, seems so romantic, if you wouldn’t have to deal with the bad stuff like cold feet, getting sick, dangerous driving situations.

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