Warming Up For Winter: The Classic Hot Toddy

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As the temperature begins to drop, it’s official. It’s time for bourbon. During the summer, the drink of choice definitely trends toward clear liquors, and clean flavors. Fruit and frosted glasses take center stage. But, as soon as the weather begins to turn drizzly, I find myself craving amber spirits and spices. It’s the season for mulled wine, hot buttered rum and, of course, my favorite winter warmer: the hot toddy.  This spiced drink is relaxing, invigorating, and somehow a mysterious cure all. Whether it’s at get together with friends, or just to sip by yourself on some blustery evening, this drink is always warming, and always a hit.

There are a lot of different takes on the toddy, including recipes that call for scotch or rum. This quick recipe sticks to the basics, and is sure to satisfy your hot toddy cravings.

Spiced Hot Toddy

2 ounces bourbon

1 cup boiling water

1 to 1½  tablespoons  brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

The juice of half a lemon

1 cinnamon stick

Pinch of ground cloves

Slice of lemon

In the bottom of a mug add honey, sugar, and cloves. Squeeze in lemon juice and add the bourbon. Top with hot water. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and a lemon or orange  slice. Enjoy!IMG_0643IMG_0646

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