THE DAY OF THE GROUNDHOG

 

On this cross-quarter day, halfway beteen the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox, we pay homage to an 8-pound subterranean rodent and the ceremonial turning of the seasons. Here are some ways to make Ground Hog Day a little more special...

Brown it out

Do you have an old brown sweater? Pair it with some brown courderoys and your favorite loafer and hit the streets! 

Perform your own shadow show

Today is a great day to embrace the fact that humans have been dancing with their own shadows since the cave days.

Enjoy a Groundhog Day Cocktail, you deserve it

"The Groundhog Day" Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks: Pour sweet vermouth over ice in a Double Old-Fashion cocktail glass. Stir and twist lemon peel over the glass. Serve with a cocktail straw and lemon twist as garnish.

"The West Virginia Groundhog" Combine 1 ounce each of vodka, gin, rum, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto, Yukon Jack Canadian liqueur and triple sec with 2 splashes each orange and cranberry juice. Fill a tumbler with ice; shake. Serve as shots.

Go out dressed as your seasonal prediction 

Are you an optimist who believes spring has sprung? Or, like Puxatawney Phil, do you think "winter" will linger on? Your look can say it all. Perhaps you'll even hang out at an underground bar until the sun comes up.