Cold weather is chilling us to the bone this season. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We spoke to a 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey rep about Hot Toddies – those heart-warming, body and soul-healing beverages that make cold snaps like these at least somewhat tolerable – and making your very own hot toddy bar to wow friends, family and any street drifters you may invite over.
Hot Toddy bars are a great choice for a holiday dinner party or other gathering in the cold weather. And because there is no one way to make it, there’s enough flexibility to suit each drinker’s personal tastes; from your picky friend who hates entire color-spectrums of food, to the most sophisticated foodie’s palate.
Just follow these three critical elements – hot water, spirit, and sweetener, and have fun with it.
Start with a mixable spirit. Our 2 Gingers rep. recommended their Irish Whiskey for its slightly sweet tingle of honey, caramel, vanilla and citrus, but you can also use hot, spiced rum or another favorite liquor.
Spice things up with a pinch of a little something extra: Cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, lemon peel, black pepper or nutmeg, for example.
Plain old hot water can be enhanced as tea (Oolong, green, black, white, orange spice, etc.) or with hefty splashes of fruit juice (apple, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.).
Temper that whiskey burn with a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
Bonus: If you haven’t quite sealed the deal with your already endless flavor combos, sweeten the deal with a stirrer like a cinnamon stick, rosemary branch, or mini candy cane.
So, how do you do it?
Combine ingredients in a mug; top off with boiling hot water; stir; garnish with a slice of lemon, or one of your stirrers; serve to very happy guest. Your evening is a success.
Watch the video below featuring Pete Capella, bartender for The Savory, for more on how to make a hot toddy.
Check out more holiday cocktail recipes.