Recipe for the Weekend: Red Wine Brownies

(Image credit:  Broma Bakery )

(Image credit: Broma Bakery)

Weekends are for booze and brownies—that's a fact. So why not combine them into a delectable treat that you'll hide from your friends and family?

(let's be real: that's where this is going)

Red wine brownies, y'all. Make 'em and report back.

Recipe for the Weekend: Champagne Cocktails (via Nashville's Union Common)

One of our favorite apértifs is a good champagne cocktail. Ahhhh—bubbles, bitters, and a sugar cube, sometimes served with a twist, others with a cherry. Either way, it's sweet and refreshing!

Though you'd be amazed how many bartenders, upon receiving your order, look at you with eyebrow raised, head cocked to the side. Because they've. never. heard. of. it. 

Thankfully, Nashville's own Union Common has no such problem.  And they're sharing three champagne cocktail recipes so you don't have that problem either.

Recipe for the Weekend: Jasmine White Wine Poached Pears

photo credit:  La Crema

photo credit: La Crema

Need a fancy dessert recipe for a dinner party? Or even a pajama party of one?

These pears, steeped in vanilla and jasmine tea and chardonnay, will no doubt impress. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Recipe for the Weekend: Red Wine Hot Chocolate

(Image credit:  Lauren Volo )

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Y'all. Let's get real for a moment.

Winter is almost over. And while we're excited about seeing green things again, we mourn the loss of Hygge-inducing favorites, like hot chocolate.

So.

Get the while the gettin's good and go make some red wine hot chocolate. (No explanation necessary, right?)

This Mulled Wine Is the Perfect Wintertime Drink

Snow Day Mulled Wine
December is the perfect time to break out some mulled wine, for either your holiday parties or on these chilly winter nights. Hope you don't mind the repost. We're going to make some riiiiiiight... now

LET'S MAKE MULLED WINE!

Super simple version: if you're lucky enough to have Penzey's Mulling Spices on hand, combine 1 tablespoon of mulling spices per bottle of red wine (I bet this fruity zinfandel would make some delicious mulled wine), bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Easy peasy.

BUT DON'T FRET: THE "HARD" WAY ISN'T MUCH MORE WORK. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • zest of 1 orange (none of that white stuff—that'll make it bitter!)
  • 1 bottle of red wine

Directions: bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fish out the whole spices, if you wish.

Don't have whole spices? Go light on the ground spices, mixing and matching until you've got the right flavor combo. Remember: you can always add, but you can't take away.

And that, my friends, is how to make a perfect snow day drink. 

Cheers!