Still Snowing

An orange cocktail in a lowball glass sits on a rail outside in the snow.

Folks, it’s still snowing here!

I’m snowed in, and want to enjoy a snow day, even though I have a million things to do. I decided that making a little cocktail during the day would be a nice nod to the celebratory aspects of being snowed in, while also allowing me to get on with some work (she said, half-heartedly).

The requirements: suitable to drink inside, in the daytime…so fairly light, in a sensible glass. I still need to do quite a lot of work today, even though I wish I could stay in pajamas forever, and Netflix my way through the next couple of weeks! Also, I’m packing, so everything is an uncomfortable disaster. Some things are here; some are there; some are in undisclosed locations where I can’t find them anymore. I don’t like this.

Also, Elizabeth is snowed in, in Seattle, and I’m snowed in, in Tacoma. We’re making the best of it.

But I’m charmed by the snow, and can’t stop looking out the window. It really hasn’t stopped since Thursday. I love it.

As for the drink…

I decided to go with gin and dry vermouth (I considered my nemesis Rosso Vermouth in addition, but….nahhhhhh). I have quite a few mandarin oranges, which sounded like they could lend a brunchy, daytime feel. And I kept it simple – just those.

So, this light, daytime, snow day-worthy drink that I created turned out to be even lighter than I imagined! To my surprise, it could easily work in the summer, at an outdoor happy hour. I suppose I could make it more wintry if I added brown sugar or something like that, maybe bitters, but I’ll leave it here for now. Maybe there will be a revisitation to this topic…after all, it’s still snowing; who knows what I’ll get up to?

I considered adding tonic, but it’s already so light. I think I’d do that for the summertime iteration.

The amaro cherry and cinnamon were attempts to make the flavor a little deeper, for winter. I wouldn’t add those if I wanted this in the summer.

The taste is just a little bitter – must be the oranges. The cinnamon is an aroma as the glass comes to my lips, rather than something I can taste on my tongue. Pretty good, and Happy Consecutive Snow Day!

Readers from yesterday will note that even though my hubris still brought me outside in the snow for photographs – today’s cocktail behaved.



  • 1.5 oz Gin

  • .75 oz Dry Vermouth

  • Juice from 3 Mandarin Oranges

  • Garnish
  • 1/2 Mandarin

  • Amaro Cherry

  • Dusting of Cinnamon


  • Shake everything but the garnish in a shaker with ice.
  • Serve over ice, and garnish.
  • Look out the window and drink in the winter wonderland. Folks, IT IS STILL SNOWING!!!
Enjoyed on February 14, 2021


  1. Elizabeth A DENOMA02/14/2021 | Reply

    You're really indulging in the bitter beverage when we're apart! This is beautiful, though, so I may have to walk back my anti-bitter stance a bit. We'll discuss!

    • admin02/17/2021 | Reply

      I hope I didn't overstate...not bitter like Campari or an Aperol Spritz or anything! Just a little twinge on the tongue...

  2. Max03/01/2021 | Reply

    It’s missing something?

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