Champagne- It is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, celebrations, and joy. In honor of the upcoming New Year, here are 10 fun facts about the bubbly beverage.
As the nights turn colder, we start craving warm, comforting foods and drinks- hot lava cake, warm apple pie, cider, hot cocoa, and mulled wine. Mulled wine is a classic, hot spiced wine made around the holidays (or anytime someone needs something warm and comforting). It is commonly served in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Brazil- pretty much all around the world. Each country puts its own spin on the wine, but the basic ingredients are wine; spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon; sugar of some sort; and citrus.
Stollen is a traditional Christmas bread laden with as much history as it has fruit and nuts. Since at least the 14th century, stollen has been a traditional German Christmas bread, known as Weinachtstollen or Christstollen at this time of year. It is a sweet bread made with cinnamon, nuts, and dried fruit. The fruit used can include raisins, currants, candied orange, and lemon. It’s not uncommon to find rum in the bread as well, and it is often covered in powdered sugar or icing. It is a dense bread, often weighing in around 4 pounds, although that can vary depending on the bakery
One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I’m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn’t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.
It’s that time again! The holiday season is so magical and fun, but it can also be stressful. You have to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, from your parents to your spouse to your kids to your cousin’s brother’s sister’s nephew’s teacher. The Sugar Vine is here to take that weight off your shoulders! We’ve pulled together all the best wine and dessert gifts for everyone in your life. Just grab a glass of wine and start clicking!