23.5 – Pitcher’s Mound – Remaking “Christmas in Connecticut”

The holliest jolliest time of year is upon us, and what better way to get yourself into the holiday spirit than by settling in a hot drink and a beloved Christmas movie? Well, maybe by also watching a movie you really like but still have a few problems with and then coming up with an idea on how to remake it! Leigh, Brendan, and Chris mull some wine and settle our brains for a viewing of the charming 1945 screwball romantic comedy Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet. How could the strengths of the movie be emphasized while removing the aspects that don’t play as well? Well, stop reading this synopsis and listen to the episode, you should know how this works by now! Also in this episode, our upcoming holiday movie and the two corresponding drink recipes. Listen to us, rate us, like us, and watch Christmas in Connecticut if you’re in the mood for something festive (but avoid the made-for-TV remake directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger at all costs).


  • 3 bottles red wine
  • 6 oz honey whiskey
  • 3 oz triple sec
  • .75 cup brown sugar
  • 3 oranges
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 9 whole cloves
  • 15 allspice berries

Add the wine and cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and allspice berries wrapped in cheesecloth to the slow cooker. Add the juice of 1.5 oranges to the cooker. Slice the remaining oranges into thin slices and add to the slow cooker with triple sec. Cover and cook on low for several hours. Before serving, mix in the whiskey and the brown sugar.

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