First of the Autumn Wine...

 

We're beginning to make that seasonal transition from summer to autumn. Along with a seasonal change comes a change in colour. Nature, clothing, food and drink all adapt aesthetically according to the season. Think of an ombre effect; yellow through orange, down to red, burgundy and brown. Whilst the weather becomes colder, autumn through winter is jam-packed with holidays, traditions and festivities that we can all look forward to celebrating in style. There is no better way of welcoming in the cooler air than with a good drink. As the nights draw in earlier, we turn to a much warmer tipple. We can cosy up by a fire, or party into the night with Halloween, bonfire and Christmas festivities.

While we are experiencing the odd burst of warm days, we are still desperate to make the most of socially distanced BBQ’s.  What better drink to accompany than a Bramble?

1. Start by crushing a small handful of blackberries in a rocks glass.

2. Add 50ml gin, 25ml lemon juice, 25ml sugar syrup and fill the glass two thirds full with crushed ice.

3. Mix with a long-handled spoon. Top with more crushed ice, a garnish and paper straws.

In terms of style, we recommend our yellow patent Lily handbag to accompany you to a BBQ event as it is ideal for keeping hands free, allowing you to fully enjoy the refreshing fruit infusion of a Bramble cocktail. It's the ideal size for essentials like a mobile phone, lipstick, small purse and key ring. Our Lily Clutch in high gloss yellow would be a fab colour match with the lemon flavour bursting through. Our exclusive Lily Clutch bag is beautifully proportioned and can be a handheld clutch bag or shoulder bag with two detachable shoulder straps to suit your taste and style.

As we move further into autumn, we encounter Halloween on October 31st.  The ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day. October 31st became a key time of year when seasons changed, however, observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, allowing them to connect with the dead. Now we celebrate this event at all ages by dressing up, trick-or-treating and having a good laugh scaring our friends. To celebrate All Hallows’ Eve we recommend brewing a Pumpkin Spice White Russian.

1. For the rim, mix pumpkin pie spice with crushed digestive biscuits and sugar. Dip the rim of your glass into some water then into the crumb mix.

2. In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, pumpkin spice creamer, coffee liqueur and ice. Shake to mix.

3. Pour the cocktail into your glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

Without a straw, this cocktail mix may mess with hours-worth of work on Halloween makeup. Here at SageBrown, we suggest carrying your lipstick in one of our handy lipstick cases.

The case holds one lipstick and closes with a popper fastening. The inside is lined in leather too with a handy mirror for your convenience. For a Halloween party we would pair an outfit/costume with either our full grain or croc orange textured case, providing a full-on Halloween pumpkin vibe.

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November…”

Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th, more commonly known as Bonfire Night, is a celebration of the Survival of King James I from the Gun Powder Plot in 1605. The plot was put to an end when Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst guarding explosives underneath the House of Lords. As a celebration for King James I’s survival, people lit bonfires around London. We still celebrate this event today, with the addition of fireworks and traditional food and drinks. In these uncertain times and their restrictions, large displays may make way for family back garden events. To compliment a toffee apple on a cold evening, we recommend a slow-cooked hot chocolate suitable for the whole family. A slight twist on the classic hot chocolate, it’s simple to make and stays warmer for longer!

1. Pour 300ml double cream and 1ltr milk into a slow cooker. Add 200g of chopped dark and 100g of chopped milk chocolate, cover and leave to cook on low for 2 hours.

2. Remove the lid, stir and leave for a further 10 minutes. Serve in mugs and top with your choice of whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows

As the nights are colder, we rely on warmer drinks to keep our hands warm! Here at SageBrown we sell a beautiful array of leather gloves for men and women. All are luxuriously lined with either cashmere or fur. Sliding your hands into these super soft gloves provide for the most fantastic winter warm feeling and will look stunning at bonfire night and any other autumn/winter evening.

Available in red, leopard, cobalt, black, brown, taupe and burgundy

Although not officially a holiday in autumn, Christmas is now less than 15 weeks away, so it is a good idea to get some Christmas ideas underway. So far 2020 has been a very strange and confusing year. We have had to adapt to keeping a safe distance away from friends and family, and seeing them perhaps not as often as we are used to and would like to. I think it is safe to say that it would be acceptable for us to all treat ourselves this Christmas, and there is no better way to kick of a cosy Christmas with a traditional glass of mulled wine.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Ingredients • 2 clementines • peel of 1 lemon • peel of 1 lime • 250g caster sugar • 6 whole cloves • 1 cinnamon stick • 3 fresh bay leaves • 1 whole nutmeg • 2 star anise • 2 bottles of red wine • 3 black cardamom pods • 5 allspice berries • 2 bottles of red wine • a splash of brandy (optional, great for warmth) • quarter of a bottle of ginger wine (crabbies or stones)

Method:

Peel large sections of peel from your clementine’s, lemon and lime using a speed peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cardamom, allspice and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. This creates a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol. When your syrup is ready turn the heat down to low and add your star anise, brandy, ginger wine and both bottles of red wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve.

With Christmas not too far away, we have a vast range of colourful stocking fillers for all budgets with matching handbags to brighten up that little black dress as the festive season approaches. Here are a few ideas for those of you who want to get ahead of the game.

Our Signature Burnett Bag adds style and elegance to any wardrobe with matching spec case, heart keyringtriple pen case and purse

Whatever the occasion this Autumn/ Winter, SageBrown have it all wrapped up. Plus receive complimentary shipping on all UK orders to make it a gift to remember.

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