For my birthday last month, my amazing wife procured two tickets to a cocktail mixing class at Astor Wines on Lafayette Street. Well, the class was last night. After learning a good deal behind the history of cocktails and mixology, we then split up into teams to concoct our own signature drinks centered around a main alcoholic ingredient (my group was assigned gin). We experimented with several different variations before settling on the following recipe (which my teammates coined 'Winter Blood'):

2 oz. Gin

2 oz. Apple Cider

1/2 oz. Grand Marnier

4 dashes Fee Bros. Old Fashioned Bitters

2 whole cloves

2 whole sage leaves

1 pinch of apple pie spice

The juice of 1 blood orange wedge

Directions: Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker with ice and shake very well. Strain into a champagne coupe glass. Garnish with a blood orange wedge on rim of glass.

Here's a picture of it as well.

I thought it was fairly tasty, something I might drink on or around Halloween perhaps, even though that wouldn't technically be winter. In any case, many thanks to Brooke for this lovely lecture on luscious libations!