Stare down winter with a Showdown

Liza Weisstuch for the boston globe

In bartender parlance, the spirits-forward drinks that people gravitate toward in these lingering pre-Daylight Savings months are referred to as “boozy, stirred” cocktails. They’re often whiskey-based and they’re typically brawny as a bomb cyclone. But at this point, after months of drinks that celebrate (or at least acknowledge) the weather, it’s hardly surprising to be craving a drink that denies it. Enter: the Showdown, a toothsome highball on the menu at Brookline’s sleek yet cozy Prairie Fire. It’s built on whiskey, so it’s not too subversive for January, but with citrus and lushly sweet cassis to usher the spirit along and spicy ginger beer bubbles that deliver the final oomph, it offers bright flavors that serve as a pleasant reminder that snow melt and longer days are ahead.


Makes 1 drink


1 ¼ ounce blended Scotch

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½ ounce crème de cassis

¼ ounce fresh orange juice

¼ ounce fresh lemon juice

Spicy ginger beer, to top


Orange wheel

1. In a mixing glass, pour Scotch, crème de cassis, orange juice, lemon juice. Add ice. Shake a few seconds, just to integrate.

2. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

3. Top with ginger.

Adapted from Prairie Fire

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