A bit of fortuitous happenstance - not only is today the last day of November, in that muddy interval between Thanksgiving and December holiday season proper (and a lazy Sunday to boot), it's also St. Andrew's Day! So have a lovely whisky tipple for an otherwise blah day. It may exactly fit the mood.
1 1/2 oz smoky blended scotch (Chivas 12)
3/4 oz SAGE
3/4 oz dry vermouth
6 drops walnut orgeat
6 drops coffee-bourbon tincture
1 bsp crème de cassis (sink)
dried, withered sprig sage
Stir, strain over ice sphere in rocks glass, sink cassis, garnish with sprig sage.
Depending on your orgeat, add only enough drops to create a louche effect and match with coffee-bourbon tincture. Over-dilution takes it out on the scotch, so beware.
If you don't have SAGE, Plymouth gin might do, though you'll lose that odd tang/flavor intensity, that weird disorientation of cold gray overcast days.
Coffee-bourbon tincture: 1/2 tablespoon of ground coffee in an ounce of bourbon. Stir and let soak 10 minutes. Coffee-filter away the grounds, bottle, store. Bourbon used to match the coffee's richness - that and it's what was ready at hand.