I have a problem calling these wintertime cocktails. I’ve seen no snow, no gusting winds, no blizzards that force mass-exodus-style trips to the grocery store followed by 2 or 3 days of hunkering down in the house, eating beef stew and peeking out the window as the plow goes by to see how high he’s piled up snow at the end of your driveway. This meek and mild “winter,” pfft, has been downright enjoyable. Not that I have a problem with it… but clearly, I do have a teeny tiny problem with it.
Even if you happen to be in southern California or up in the Yukon, these cocktails might help fill a small missing piece on a Friday or Saturday evening. I know I was searching for something by the time happy hour came around on Friday, and these hit the spot.
1. Heidi’s Blood Orange Gin Sparkler. I only had two blood oranges so I juiced a naval along with it, and it definitely worked. I had misremembered the recipe that I read earlier in the day and used club soda on the first drink, but found that I preferred the called-for tonic. These are too good! And I can’t wait to try these with grapefruit, or a grapefruit-0range combo next weekend…
Edit: I couldn’t hold off for long. Fresh grapefruit juice is, dare I say, even better than the blood orange juice?! Divine. A perfect shade of light pink, and brighter-n-lighter in flavor, too. Plan for approximately half a large grapefruit per drink.
2. Rhubarb Rosemary sparklers. In an attempt to use up the rosemary-infused simple syrup in the aforementioned gin sparkler recipe, I remembered the jars of rhubarb liqueur I had stowed away last summer. Rosemary and rhubarb… beyond alliteration, did they have a chance to work in harmony? I say yes. I had used a mix of the sweet pink and tart green stalks, and the savory-sweet syrup compliments the tart-sweet liqueur.
Rhubarb & rosemary sparkler
2 oz. rhubarb liqueur
1 oz. rosemary simple syrup
2 to 3 oz. club soda
Pour over ice and stir in a highball or Collins glass.
Muted, earthy, and perfect for a quiet winter night in.