As we move toward longer days, and the return toward the sun, we also start to see the animals venturing out for longer periods of time to gather food, and to wander in the light. I tend to follow similar rhythms. Many of us are digging deeper into the freezer, and the stocks of canned goods we put up during the harvest months in late summer. I also find this time of year is very creative, and sometimes finding food that was stored from earlier days can spark some fun and inspiring meals. Cocktails are no different, and I like to experiment with new ideas while the work of keeping up with the gardens and lawn is still a few months off. It is in this vein that I stumbled upon some spruce tips that my friend Emily Nicolas had shared with me, and I froze last year. It seemed like a sign, finding those buried among our stored food. Add that to the beauty of the newly fallen snow that had recently blanketed the evergreens, and this cocktail idea just seemed like a perfect fit. I am a lover of Indian food, and coriander forward gins, so that is why we produce a gin in that wheelhouse as a collaboration with Black Button Distilling called “Ginship”.