A Bitter Winter at Meritage: Gift yourself with this drink of the week
Savor the true reason for the season with this wintery cocktail.
A Bitter Winter Meritage $12
Only five shopping days left, and you know what that means: cocktails! That's right, step away from the picked-over sale rack and into Saint Paul's Meritage, where you can enjoy a superbly made drink while blithely ignoring all of your holiday obligations. Banish all thoughts of stocking stuffers and seating arrangements and unwind in the warm glow of this elegant French brasserie, sipping slowly on A Bitter Winter.
With its beguiling combination of sweet, earthy, and piney notes, the Negroni remains immune to changes of style or season, equally enjoyable on a summer afternoon as on a snow day. With A Bitter Winter, Meritage takes on this classic with a juicy twist: Kumquat infused gin adds a faint sweet and sour citrus layer to the otherwise traditional combination of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. A wisp of walnut liqueur creates depth, ensuring this cocktail sets the right mood for your mid-winter afternoon tryst.
Although Florence, Italy is the widely accepted birth place of the Negroni, A Bitter Winter is equally at home in the Parisian ambience of the oyster bar at Meritage. Settle in and put those feet up; whether you've been pounding the mall pavement or pounding the keys at your desk, it's high time to treat yourself with something strong and smooth. Nibble a bit of candied kumquat garnish while leisurely perusing the floor to ceiling wine racks and the latest selection of bivalves offered on the chalkboard above. Forget the gift lists, and the menu planning, and the holiday-fueled family drama. Let nothing get in the way of this blissfully gin-soaked moment between you and your well-deserved cocktail.
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