Although we are currently experiencing something of a lull in the weather, the snow, endless snow, great drifts of it blackening on the sidewalks, slicking the pavements, filling the cross-walks with sloppy black puddles, has been pulling on peoplesâ€™ spirits.
â€œThis is my worst nightmare,â€ said the woman outside my apartment building. â€œWalking up a snow drift, stepping down into the road, and putting my foot into a pot hole.â€
â€œI know someone,â€ said her friend, â€œwho slipped down the stairs of the building and cracked her spine. Cracked it. For real. And amazingly, she was basically ok.â€
As we contemplated this winter horror, we heard a strange creaking, cracking and suddenly, a huge chunk of ice fell from the scaffolding of the building across the street, and landed on the windscreen on a car. There was a soft thump, the window crumpled inwards in a pale blue fog of safety glass, the alarm blared.
â€œHoly Shit!â€ said my neighbor.
That pretty much summed it up. And so, back to the apartment for a stiffish drink.
Warm Bourbon and Spiced AppleÂ (per glass)
Everything about this drink is warming and comforting. Perfect for nights when your cheekbones ache, it’s so cold outside.Â½ cup apple juice 1 measure bourbon 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 2cm long thin slices of fresh ginger 1 short cinnamon stick 1 star anise 1 tsp brown sugar Â
- Heat the apple juice with the sugar, ginger, star anise and the cinnamon stick until just simmering.
- Add the bourbon and lemon.
- Strain into a mug and settle in for the night with a good book.