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Punxsutawney Phil-Up My Cocktail Cup

Groundhog Day was February 2nd. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. For some of us, that means six more weeks of gray days and chilly nights. Six more weeks of shivering on the back stoop while the dogs do their business before bed.

For me, the magic of winter wears off January 1st and then “Punxsutawney Phil the Buzz Kill” comes out of his hole to extend winter. To get through the doldrums, a trick I love to implement during the winter is mixing fun summer cocktails. It’s good practice so my warm weather drink is perfect when the season hits.

Wine is my go to drink during all seasons: rich and red in the fall and winter, bubbles, rose, or a crisp white in the spring and summer, but it is always nice to have a fun unexpected cocktail in your back pocket for spontaneous get togethers or long, lazy Sunday fundays. The list I am sharing does NOT require keeping tons of booze on hand and other cocktails can use the same liquor, so you don’t have to worry about storing a bottle of booze you only use for one drink.

Ginger Fizz

I had a cocktail similar to this in Portland, Maine one year and could not get enough of it. This is one of the easiest drinks you will ever make.

  • 2 parts dry sparkling wine, such as prosecco
  • 1 part ginger liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute or stemless wine glass and gently stir.  

Aperol Spritz

Aperol is a bitter-sweet, earthy tasting liquor that is orange in color. I love it, but if you don’t like the taste of bitters, then it might not be for you. You can always sub Campari for the Aperol if you like that better.

  • 2 parts dry sparkling wine such as prosecco
  • 1 part Aperol
  • Splash of club soda

Pour all ingredients into a wine glass and gently stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

Champagne Cocktail

Thom Browne is known for mixing a champagne cocktail every day at four. I like his style. This drink features bitters, which smell like baking spices, so it won’t feel out of place in the winter.

  • 1 sugar cube
  • Angostura bitters
  • Champagne (or prosecco or sparkling dry white)

Soak the sugar cube in bitters. Add champagne to a flute. Sip. Admire your style.

Moscow Mule

We’ve written about Moscow Mules and meditation before. In case you missed it, here’s the recipe. Mules are all the rage. Use a copper mug if you have one. We do.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Ginger beer (Use Maine Root Ginger Beer or Fever Tree—if you can’t find either, do not make this drink)
  • 2 oz Vodka (I prefer Kettle One)
  • ½ a lime for juice
  • Lime slice for garnish

Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze the ½ lime for juice. Stir gently and garnish with a lime slice.

If the news from Punxsutawney Phil has you wishing winter would disappear, start practicing for summer by taste testing some cocktails. Enjoy.

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