Since arriving at the Beekman Farm three years ago we’ve seen our fair share of brilliant winter mornings, but nothing came close to “wonderland” ecstasy…until the hoar came calling.
The term “hoar frost” (hoar: white or gray-white in color) is a cold weather phenomenon where ice crystals form on objects that are below the dew point. The result is that the objects are covered in a sparkling white coat of ice crystals that can be spectacularly beautiful. Overnight, nearly every inanimate object on the farm sprouted a fine coat of white whiskers.
In order for the phenomenon to occur two things must happen. There must be a prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures so that the surface temperature of outdoor objects is below freezing AND the relative humidity in the air is at 100%. In other words, the formation of hoar frost is similar to the formation of dew with the difference that the temperature of the object on which the hoar frost forms is well below 0°C, whereas this is not the case with dew.
We decided to celebrate the occasion by mixing up a German cocktail called “Hoar Frost”, so named for the icy appearance of the glass in which it is served. An appearance of hoar frost is given by rubbing the glass with lemon juice and afterwards in sugar crystals
Hoar Frost Cocktail
25% Curacoa (Triple Dry)
25% Lemon Juice
15% Jamaica Rum
Shake with ice and strain into glass.
See the holiday craft project inspired by the hoar frost. Click here