Early Winter

Meyer Lemon Cocktails

Meyer Lemon Cocktails

This cocktail is great for winter – it’s citrus season! The Meyer lemon is sweeter and more herbal than its common cousin, and can be found in specialty supermarkets.Look for dark yellow fruit that is heavy for its size. The lemon syrup is a great mixer with gin, vodka or prosecco, or spooned over plain yogurt. The cocktail recipe can be made in a martini glass as we have it here, or can be served as a punch or mixed with seltzer and ice for a high ball. You can also make it a day ahead (without the seltzer), and keep it in a pitcher in the fridge until the festivities begin.

Almond Spice Cookies

Almond Spice Cookies

We love to curl up with a book and a blanket while the house fills with the complex aroma of these delicious cookies. The spice mixture is roughly based on a German cookie called Lebkuchen, and pairs nicely with the delicate orange glaze we've used here. The next time winter weather comes, put a batch of these wonderful cookies in the oven, make yourself a cup of tea, and contemplate the snow.

Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

This is a wonderfully elemental cookie recipe. Using your thumb as a decorating tool, these little gems come together easily with ground nuts and some jam. Our favorite way to make them is with quince jelly; the flavor is an incredible compliment to the hazelnuts. Almonds work well too. Play around with any preserves you have on hand; raspberry, strawberry or apricot will all do nicely. With the holidays fast approaching, these jewel-like treats make a pretty gift tied up inside a glassine bag, or a colorful addition to a gluten-free desert platter.