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
Slice of lemon