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Holiday Escape: Snow Day + Winter Wine and Cider Recipes

by Grace Bonney

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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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