For some, it’s easy for Thanksgiving to be just one necessary food-filled stop on the way to Christmas town, but isn’t there something beautiful and centering about an entire day of gratitude? As I find myself reflecting on all of the good that this year has brought– the birth of Ever! Parker’s wonderful new school! Our house that is almost done!— One thing I always come back to is how fortunate I feel to have found such great friends here in Austin. I don’t think making friends in your thirties is typically easy, and yet so many people have made space for me and have made me feel welcome. It has made the cross-country transition so much easier and has me constantly thankful for this warm and generous community we have found here in Austin. This Thanksgiving, how about embracing the slower pace of the fourth week of November and celebrating friendship? Whether it’s the friendship of sisters, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, or the moms who have kids your kid’s ages, here’s to celebrating the people that make our every day a little sunnier, who get us through the hard days, who share their babysitters with us, and are totally cool when the days get crazy and all of our best laid plans go sideways. You know who you are in my life and I’m so thankful for you. We partnered with Tropicana Premium Drinks to mix up an easy crowd-pleasing Citrus Mulled Wine punch with their Tangerine Lemonade that’s perfect for celebrating those that deserve to be celebrated! Keep reading for the full recipe…
Citrus Mulled Wine with Tropicana
- 2 750-ml bottle dry red wine
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 c. Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade
- ½ cup blackberries
- 2 oranges, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
- 3 cinnamon sticks + more for garnish
- 24 whole cloves.
- 3 star anise + more for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover and cook over very low heat for 1 hour. Be careful not to boil!
- Serve in mugs and garnish with extra orange slices and cinnamon sticks!
Photography by Katie Jameson
This post was sponsored by Tropicana Premium Drinks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.