When winter’s chill settles in, there’s nothing like a great drink to warm you up. Although there’s plenty of old standbys like the classic Manhattan, it’s exciting to try something new — especially if it captivates the senses enough to become a new favorite! That’s exactly what we’ve whipped up with our Winter Solstice cocktail.

Our Winter Solstice cocktail starts with Brandywine Branch Distillery’s Solstice Expression Revivalist Gin. This special, locally made gin is flavored with select botanicals blended especially for the wintertime. Orange peel and ginger mingle with a subtle juniper presence and a special bill of herbs, fruits and spices. Solstice gin is then rested in red wine oak barrels, which mellows the spirit and imparts complexity, body and color. The end result? A balanced and harmonious gin with a unique, botanical fragrance and flavor that’s perfect for winter. If you find other gins overpowering, this is the one to try at The Desmond!

We mix this inspiring gin with Cointreau, fresh orange, bitters, lemon and a hint of thyme. It’s all stirred over ice and then strained for a cocktail that is bright, complex and the perfect respite from the cold winter winds.

Try pairing this cocktail with one of our seafood dishes or any of our carefully crafted salads for a refreshing winter pick-me-up!

For 25 years, The Desmond Hotel has earned a reputation for superior hospitality and comfort. We boast 194 well-appointed nonsmoking guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and hotel-wide free Wi-Fi. Our luxurious property offers three onsite dining options, two bars, indoor and outdoor fitness and beautiful grounds. We have the perfect setting for you—no matter the occasion. The Desmond is ideal for corporate meetings and retreats, wedding receptions and any kind of celebration. Events of all sizes welcome!

Nathan Greenwood

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