The weather here in North Dakota is clearly having a tough time deciding if it is still winter or if it should allow spring to come. Snow one day and 50 degrees the next day. It is really messing with our drink vibe…are we ready for spring mocktails & cocktails or are we still hovering around those indulgent wintery drinks? In case you are having as much of a dilemma as we are, we have come up with the perfect beverage for when that day decides to still be winter. The infamous and sultry, Hot Toddy.
Who doesn’t love a steaming hot drink in the winter that doesn’t consist of just coffee or tea, but a sprinkling of cinnamon, cloves, and honey! There are not a lot of things we relish about winter, especially ’round here with spring on its way. But the joys of getting to snuggle up with some hot brandy at the end of the day is definitely at the top of our “I guess I’ll enjoy this frigid weather” to-do list.
Not to mention one of the best parts about this recipe is the versatility. Try your favorite blend using whiskey, rum, or brandy. Make it mild by adjusting the amount of spices and liquor or go nuts & knock your socks off…it’s cold out..so make it as strong as you can handle! And if you prefer just the warming benefits without all that buzz, just skip the alcohol and sub in some chamomile tea for the water. This drink is perfect for that fabulous winter rendezvous or curled up under a blanket with your lovey. Netflix marathon anyone?Now let’s get down to business shall we…Boil up your water on the stove. Once the pot is yellin’, add to your cloves and cinnamon in a pitcher to steep for a few minutes. After that has steeped, add your honey and lemon juice, then stir until fully dissolved. The smell is already loosening our aches and pains! Add in that brandy and give it one last stir. Now sit back, relax, and let the soothing aroma take you over…Here’s a COUPON for 15% OFF our Hot Toddy ingredients in the shop! Show this post for discount to be applied. // Applicable on ingredients ONLY :: Expires 3.19.17 // TAG #mintandbasilhottoddy of your own creation!
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Hot Toddy Recipe:
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
2-4 Tablespoon Bushwick Lemon Honey
6-8 Whole Cloves
2 Cinnamon Sticks
¼ Lemon Juiced
- Boil water.
- Add water to pitcher with cinnamon and cloves.
- Pour 5 oz water into each cup
- Add a 1-2 heavy Tbsp. of honey to each cup
- Add 1 ½ oz. Brandy to each cup
- Add Lemon to taste
- Sip n’ enjoy!
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Winter Cocktails Cookbook & Wood Stand
Marble / Wood Serving Tray
Copper stirring utensil
Wooden Lemon juicer
Clear cut glass pitcher & glass
Gold double jigger
Bushwick Kitchen Meyer Lemon Honey
Black + White pattern blanket