Friday Cocktail: Damn the Weather

As I was flipping through my various books and resources and thinking that I was bit stuck for this week’s Friday Cocktail, I audibly laughed when I came across this one. Not that the weather in London has been particularly bad, in fact there’s been quite a bit of sunshine recently, which has been wonderful. But while it may not be rainy, it has been cold, not freezing, but definitely colder than it has been. As someone who is already cold most of the time, I don’t handle dips in the temperature particularly well.


In some ways this cocktail is the perfect antidote to the cold, the orange, and little bit of sweetness is almost like a sunny summer day in a cocktail glass…almost. The colour is also a wonderful pick-me-up for a bad case of the JanFebs. Not familiar with the term? It’s that feeling you have in January and February when there isn’t much to look forward to now that Christmas is over, the weather is cold, and usually rainy, and spring seems like it’s never going to get here.


• 1oz gin

• 1 tbs fresh orange juice

• 1 tbs cointreau or triple sec

• 1 tbs sweet vermouth



  1. Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice
  2. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice


This won’t change the weather, but sipping one while looking outside and imagining somewhere warmer should definitely help improve your mood, especially if, like me, you sip one while googling different weekend getaways to somewhere warmer!

If you’re starting 2016 alcohol-free, but are looking for a similar effect, I suggest a bit of freshly squeezed orange juice topped with club soda and garnished with a wedge of lime. It will taste tropical without the adverse effects of booking a holiday while under the influence.

I hope the first week of the year has treated you well- cheers!


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