In the meantime I thought we should take it back old skool. Afterall, February is a time for snuggling down with an old classic, and for pretending that it really is by design that we are spending so much time inside. So this month, let's read Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers.
And to fortify ourselves during these cold (or not so cold) winter months, a cocktail: Dog's Nose. This particular cocktail does show up in Pickwick Papers, and though it sounds a bit odd, the flavors do really work well together. If you do not have a microwave, warm the stout over the stove. In any event, the goal is to get the stout just warm enough to melt the brown sugar.
12 oz porter or stout, warmed in the microwave about one minute
Stir in 2 tsp brown sugar and 2 oz gin
Garnish: freshly-grated nutmeg
~ Big Sister