It’s Been A Long Week: Winter Picnic

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Winter seems neverending at this time of the year when we crave warm suns rays and spritz on a terrasse. Normally perceived as a summer aperitif, a spritz can totally be a winter drink if prepared properly as featured in St-Germain’s newest cocktail book “How To Spritz French Fluently.” Winter Picnic is exactly what it sounds like, a cold-season refresher. Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan in London pays homage to French Beaujolais season layering the wine and St-Germain with a touch of coffee liqueur. The cocktail “brings a slice of French celebration to the otherwise miserable cold of the season,” says Chetiyawardana. The cocktail offers a chocolate note that is ideal in the winter months.


  • 1.25oz St-Germain
  • 1.24oz Beaujolais
  • 2 teaspoons coffee liqueur
  • 1.75oz soda water
  • 1.75oz tonic water
Ingredient (7)


  • Pour all ingredients into a large wineglass filled with ice.
  • Stir to combine and add more ice.
  • Garnish with a purple basil sprig and clove-studded orange.