The weather is getting colder, and the romantic autumn nights of sipping wine on a terrace are almost gone.

Most people are searching for ways to stay warm indoors.

This week, Beijing Today tried the signature cocktails by mixologist Attila Balint at Atmosphere, the highest bar in town.

Balint is from Hungary but has more than a decade of experience serving quality drinks across Europe.

His cocktail, The Wind of Patagonia, is a refreshing concoction made of the Peruvian brandy Pisco and homemade smoky lavender syrup infused with lapsang souchong tea. It has a touch of fresh lime and grapefruit, topped off with grapefruit zest and lavender flowers.

It’s an amazing drink to try if you’re in the Guomao area.

We also talked to Jason Jia, the supervisor of Atmosphere, who introduced two easy drinks you can make at home.

Hot Loli

Jia said the key to this drink is blending winter-friendly spirits, like rum, with warming ingredients like ginger and nutmeg. It’s based on a Caribbean liqueur used to boost one’s immunity.

The drink also has cloves and orange peels, which add a festive feeling.

  • 10 milliliters Havana Club rum
  • 10 milliliters TBT Golden Falernum
  • 15 milliliters fresh orange juice

Fill up the glass with hot water and garnish with a cinnamon stick, orange zest and cloves

Hot Dram

Jia said this drink is like a spiritual trip around Scotland. Many patrons like the way its light herbs add a sweet, mellow and long aftertaste.

  • 40 milliliters Drambuie
  • 10 milliliters fresh lemon juice
  • 20 milliliters fresh orange juice

Fill up the glass with hot water and garnish with a large orange zest and a cinnamon stick.


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