I love Winter. I find its unique beauty lovely and the comforting flavors of Winter's citrus fruits, root vegetables and greens irresistible. Although it is not really cold yet here, I am hopeful I will see some real snow this year. I found this gorgeous picture on the Internet and mentally, at least, am so there...
I also found this picture and with the first day of Winter here today, thought a toast to Old Man Winter would be a festive season opener. And, the mittens in the picture? Pure magic! 'Tis the season!
There are two suggestions for filling up that cup of warming cheer.
First, warm Ginger Carrot Juice or Soup. So easy to make: Grind up 2-3 carrots with half a peeled orange, a good (1/4 inch) thick slice of peeled ginger, a little water and 3-4 ice cubes. Really blend it until the pulp is super smooth and the consistency you like (add more water or ice) or strain it. I think, in a pinch, adding a good shot of freshly grated ginger to store bought carrot juice would work just fine. Heat to warm and sip. A cinnamon stick for stirring would be nice, too.
Then, I found this recipe and it sounds wonderful...crisp as a Winter's day and mellow as a fire in the fireplace. More than a little robust, it is just the perfect spirited toast for the day!
Welcome, Old Man! Happy Winter!
Winter's Spirited Bourbon
1/4 cup bourbon
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 tablespoons real fresh lemon juice (Meyer lemons would be fabulous here!)
Pinch of fine sea salt
Add all to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain and serve chilled in a frosty glass or strain and warm slightly and serve in a heat resistant glass. Serves 1.