Cocktail: In the Bleak Midwinter


A mild Speyside Scotch is best for this surprisingly bright and warming tipple. Ornamented with Benedictine’s characteristic Twelvetide luxuriance and sharpened by the Alpine liqueur’s herbal freshness, Scotch here becomes at once playful and restorative, like an unexpected snow day spent among friends. Recipe:

2 oz clove-infused Scotch

1/2 oz Zirbenz (stone pine liqueur)

1/4 oz Benedictine

Barspoon Maraschino syrup

Dash Cardamom bitters

To infuse the Scotch, place one teaspoon cloves in a sealed container with your desired amount (no less than one cup) for three days, at room temperature.

[This article appears in Fare Forward Issue 8 (Dec. 2017), order here.]

T.K. Bloom

T. K. Bloom drinks, smokes, and cooks in Washington, D.C. She gets paid to do one of the three, but considers herself a well-rounded professional. She also has a BA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale (class of 2012), but don't hold that against her. Find her, and a whole mess of fish bones, on Instagram @tk_bloom.