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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow February 2. Which means six more weeks of winter cocktails. Trust us, now more than ever, we need them.
According to a list of 13 cocktails compiled by Esquire Magazine, a winter cocktail is usually characterized by a sparkling wine, darker liquors like whiskey or sweet vermouth, and plenty of crazy garnishes.
“I definitely think that drinks should match the tone of the occasion,” said junior public policy and international relations major Alon Sherman. The California native, who just turned 21, wasn’t able to enjoy winter cocktails in bars previously, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying new drinks this year.
Most notably, a killer ginger-rum-pineapple punch, which is often garnished with Jalapeño powder. The drink is one part ginger beer, one and a half part dark rum, two parts pineapple juice and squeeze of lime juice. It’s served over ice and guaranteed to get you through those cold nights.
Holiday drinks often transform into winter cocktails with candy canes and cranberries assuming the role of garnishes for several drinks. But one UMD journalism student took the holiday theme in a different direction with a Grinch drink.
Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic gets a 21st century alcohol reboot with this “Who-hating” shot. The recipe is as follows:
“A shot of vodka with a dash of sour mix and a few drops of blue curacao to give it a green look,” said senior Emily Hahn. She coats the rim of the shot glass in red sugar to secure that holiday look.
Spiked apple cider with whiskey and hot toddies are other favorites of Hahn’s during the winter months. But Hahn admits that most drinks are worth enjoying anytime of year, like the classic Mojito.
To many college students, a drink is a drink, regardless of the season. Now with COVID-19 altering any sense of normalcy, cocktails have no concept of time, much like the people who drink them.