I'm looking for a couple of suggestions of simple, non-summery mixed drinks to try. I love gin and tonics. I'm not a fan of wine or whiskey/bourbon, but I'm willing to try again. In the winter, I usually drink beer, recently IPAs (now that I live in the Pacific Northwest), but I used to prefer brown ales, stouts, and porters. What shall I try when my husband and I go out to a proper bar for drinks tonight?
I'd like to find a relatively simple winter time cocktail. I don't mean something warm or complicated or holiday-ish, but something cold I could order out or make at home when I don't want a beer. I'm not worried about appearing sophisticated, but I'd rather not be drinking something filled with sugar and topped with an umbrella.
I adore gin and tonics, both their taste and simplicity. I thought I'd like manhattans, and I did have a bartender's version of a manhattan a few years ago that I liked (too long ago, though, to check in with them about the recipe), but they haven't tasted great when we've made them at home, even though we bought decent bourbon. The bitters smell good to me, but I'm thinking it's the vermouth that's the problem since I'm not a big wine drinker.
This thread about specialty cocktails for fall
has some interesting suggestions, but they focus on bourbon drinks.
When I've had tasty mixed drinks out recently, they've usually been a bar's speciality mixes, and I'm looking for something simpler. Some other things I do and don't like:
Ginger ale, sprite, cream soda
Rum punch-type things
Margaritas without the salted rim
Drinks with cucumber
Coke and whiskey
Rum and coke
Chocolate and mint in drinks, though I usually like them otherwise
Very strong ginger
I'm thinking of trying a Tuxedo
or Rye and Ginger
. The timing here is that my husband and I will be out tonight and ordering a few drinks, so we can sample competently-made mixed drinks tonight. (And we have kids, so we don't get out too often, which is why I'm overthinking this.)