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Rainy-Day Cocktails: 2013

Summer is so tantalizingly close we can practically feel the sunshine and taste an ice-cold Tom Collins. But before that happens, we need to get through the next few soggy weeks.

While there’s not much we can do about April’s famous showers, at least we can weather the storms with a delicious cocktail in hand. Last year, we asked Angus Winchester, a British consultant and Tanqueray Gin global brand ambassador, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Ore., for some rainy-day recipes.

This year, we turned to another talented bartender, Anu Apte, who is no stranger to precipitation. She owns the acclaimed establishment Rob Roy in water-logged Seattle and shared with us two of her drinks.

So when the skies are grey and the wind picks up, fix her Whispers of the Frost, which calls for bourbon, sherry and port.

And if you’re waiting out a downpour, instead of looking out the window every five minutes, try making her aptly named Window Pane (pictured above). It combines whiskey, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, lemon juice and mint.

The elixirs are so good, you may be upset when the sun reappears.

Whispers of the Frost

Contributed by Anu Apte
2 oz Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon
.5 oz Toro Albalá Oloroso Sherry
.5 oz Sandeman Tawny Port
.25 oz Rich simple syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
Glass: Coupe
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Window Pane

Contributed by Anu Apte
1.5 oz Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey
.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.25 oz Rich simple syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
5 Mint leaves
Glass: Double Old Fashioned
Garnish: Blood orange wheel and mint sprig
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and pour (unstrained) into a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and a mint sprig.

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