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Drinks for the Cold, Dark Days 

Cocktails Anyone?
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt

The fancy ribbon and holiday wrapping paper are stored once again in their boxes until next year. The exhaustion associated with too much last-minute shopping, an overabundance of food and bubbles and the heightened noise level has finally ceased. Now it's time to just relax and listen to the sound of silence. Nothing fancy – simple fare and beverages that quiet your nerves are what's needed during these cold, dreary days of winter. Well, at least I've convinced myself, with the addition of citrus, there are perfectly healthy drinks for Champagne withdrawal.

The prerequisite for this drink definitely does not mean you have to partake in outdoor activities! Just think winter.

Mending Stone Fences

  • 2 oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Hot apple cider
  • Pinch of fresh nutmeg
  • Decorate with a slice of orange
  1. Pour Bourbon into a coffee mug. Fill up mug with hot cider and stir.
  2. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and garnish with orange slice.

Quick and easy to prepare, leaving you lots of time to settle into your favourite chair and to indulge in some quiet time. Perhaps read a sensual book about pleasure. My suggestion is A Matter of Taste by Lucy Waverman and James Chatto (Harper and Collins Publishers Ltd.).

One of my favourite writers, whether on food or beverage, is James Chatto. His new book A Matter of Taste, written with food maven Lucy Waverman, has inspired me to try his delicious fresh grapefruit juice cocktail recipe. The only problem as I see it is that it's meant to be sipped and not gulped. Definitely a new addition to my brunch menus.

Home James

  • 1½ oz. Plymouth gin
  • ½ oz. Noilly Pratt white vermouth
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed Ruby grapefruit juice
  1. Pour over ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake or stir well until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a long twist of orange zest.

 

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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