While wine is a typical choice (we have mini ball jars we like to pour a little in before dinner), lately I've been craving a more bitter cocktail, and dry white vermouth (like Dolin) and a splash of Cynar is where I've been landing. If you're not familiar with Cynar, it's a bitter artichoke liquor. It sounds more odd than it really is. If you like Fernet Branca, Averna, Punt e Mes or even Campari, you'd probably like it. That's it, really. No simple syrup. No squeeze of lemon or special drops of anything. Just as much vermouth as you'd like in your class and a good, healthy splash of Cynar. While I suppose I could also choose good chocolate, a buttery scone, or homemade marmalade as my kitchen treat these days, this cocktail has been really warming up winter nights in our house lately.
(Image: Megan Gordon)