Cocktail

The Case for a Cold Cocktail in the Winter

December 27, 2016

Well here's a hot take to warm up your December. Chilly out there? Yeah. I get it. I have a weird relationship with my furnace in the winter. (If it’s working, anyway.) I tend to crank things up so high that my residence is uninhabitably warm. I can’t help it! My winter days operate like clockwork: I venture outside, regret it, and come back five minutes later. It’s like subjecting myself to a trauma I’m trying to recover from for the rest of the day. So I snuggle by my furnace for a few minutes until my surroundings transmogrify into a sauna. There's no turning back after this. I feel bad turning the heat back down; heat is a luxury in the city, and I must treasure it, even if that means that I suffer.

Well, I like to have fun with it. It starts to feel like summer in my apartment. Just atrociously muggy. My house becomes summer in the winter. So I treat it as such: I don some trunks. Slap on some Dollar Tree sunglasses. My go-to drink is something icy and refreshing.

The perfect drink for winter? A nice, cold cocktail, like Erik Lombardo's Southside. (We’re heading into a world where seasons won’t mean anything anymore. Why not look towards the future?) The recipe's right there, but I'll save you a click. Here’s what to do.

Gather 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lime juice, 3/4 ounce of simple syrup, and 4 to 6 mint leaves.

Wow. Not too many ingredients. I've counted about four.

Get some ice.

Store-bought, made in a tray...anything goes.

Shake all of those ingredients together with the ice and strain it all into a cocktail glass.

There you go. Gentle turbulence. Now we're talking.

Smack your lips, say a toast, and enjoy.

Mwah!

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Are you an oddball who likes summer cocktails to cope with the indoor warmth of winter? Let us know in the comments.

2 Comments

Mtchphila December 28, 2016
Ice cream and cold cocktails in winter time are wonderful. I highly recommend both. When East coast cold weather drags on and on, I also enjoy using light, citrusy perfumes as a break from the heavy, resiny, amber-ish scents.
 
Ali December 27, 2016
My house is a (relatively) temperate 65-68 degrees, but yes, absolutely. It's always summer in my world. Margaritas, white wine, iced matcha, iced lattes, and kombucha are my preferred drinks. Other than the occasional hot chocolate, I don't understand the affection for warm beverages. Most of all I can't stand everyone pressuring me to drink tea if I have a minor cold. I especially want icy cold beverages at those times.