You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! The “Bomb Cyclone” has turned the Eastern Seaboard in the frozen tundra. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time it was this cold; and it is unrelenting. It’s 4, yes 4 degrees as I post! The last thing I want to think about is sipping on anything cold. I know that Champagne Sundays are reserved for some type of cocktail with bubbles, but given the weather, we need a little something to warm the spirit. Today, we’ll be sipping on Mulled Wine. Peep the mixology below.

Mulled Wine


The Ingredients

  • 1 large Orange
  • 2 Cardamon Pods
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 6 Allspice Berries
  • 6 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (plus 4 for garnish – optional)
  • Star Anise for Garnish
  • 1 Bottle (3 cups) Fruity Red Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brandy

The Mixology. With a fine grater, zest, then juice the orange.

With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to bruise them. In a large pot (not aluminum), combine zest, juice, cardamom, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon, wine, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low; simmer until flavors have melded, about 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve; garnish with cinnamon stick and star anise, if desired. Serve immediately, stay warm and enjoy!

If you want to make your home smell good all day, try this simple Mulled Wine Slow Cooker recipe from

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


The Pretty Domestic

Source: Martha Stewart

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Christmas is all about the glitz and sparkle. There is nothing better this time of year when sitting back and taking in the beauty of your holiday decorations than a “glass of sparkle.” But don’t think that you have to drink it as is, there are so many options for enjoying your favorite Champagne, Prosecco or Cava. Here’s one with a name that is fitting for the season ~

Christmas in a Glass


Image: Food Network


  • 1 bottle Prosecco, or other sparkling dry white wine, well chilled
  • 1 bottle gingerbread flavored syrup (or cranberry flavored syrup)

Directions. Pour the Prosecco into glasses. Add a capful of the syrup to each glass of the Prosecco, to taste.

As an extra special treat on Champagne Sunday, our very own clean eating expert, Nicole Nichelson, is sharing with us her annual Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails. We are a couple days behind, so we will use today to catch up. But for the next 10 days, you can enjoy a festive holiday cocktail with your family or to select one of her swanky libations to serve at your holiday soiree. Click the links to peep the mixology.

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 1

Pomegranate Pear Holiday Punch

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 2

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 3

 Mulled Wine

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Leave a comment and let us know which recipes you tried, and which is your favorite. Chin Chin!

PS ~ It’s not too late to enter the Pretty Domestic Stella & Dot Holiday Jewelry Give-Away. The winner will be announced on Wednesday! Bon Chance!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic