I’d always heard of Hot Toddys, but have never made one until just recently. Hot cocktails are a rare treat, and they usually only make up about 5% of the big cocktail books. Now that my town’s already had a snow or two this year, it’s time to try some classic cold weather cocktails. The best way to think of a Hot Toddy is it’s like tea, but with whiskey instead of tea. Yes please!
- in a mug, add:
- 1 sugar cube
- a dash of nutmeg
- a dash of cinnamon
- 2 oz whiskey (I used Jim Beam Black)
- top with boiling water and stir well
The Paddy is a classic cocktail which is a bit like a Manhattan with Irish whiskey. Since I have a bunch of honey whiskies to work with because of the Bees vs. Trees series, I decided to put it to use and substitute Bushmills Irish Honey in the place of the usual Irish whiskey in a paddy. It’s a great cocktail:
Honey Paddy Cocktail
- 1 1/4 oz honey Irish whiskey
- 1 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 dash bitters
- stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
“Livy my darling, I want you to be sure and remember to have, in the bathroom, when I arrive, a bottle of Scotch whisky, a lemon, some crushed sugar, and a bottle of Angostura bitters. Ever since I have been in London I have taken in a wine glass what is called a cock-tail (made with those ingredients) before breakfast, before dinner, & just before going to bed.”
Mark Twain’s birthday is November 30th, and this year would have been his 178th. There may be no better way to celebrate his legacy than with his favorite cocktail – a real old-school treat which he describes above in a 1874 letter to his wife.
Mark Twain Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz of scotch
- the juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 dashes of bitters
- crush the sugar with a muddler in a cocktail shaker
- add ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
I was browsing Mr. Boston’s Cocktail book recently, and discovered a cocktail I’d never heard of. This drink ends up a cool, bright yellow because of the mixture of the two ingredients. This is a potent drink – it clocks in at a meager 2 oz – and it’s a great excuse to use you old-timey cocktail coupes:
- 1 oz absinthe
- 1 oz whiskey
- stir with ice and strain into a small, chilled cocktail glass
Arriving for winter is a seasonal version of Jack Daniel’s that’s meant to be drunk hot: Winter Jack Tennessee Cider. Wrapped in a snowy-white label, Winter Jack is lighter in color than it’s namesake, and considerably lighter in alcohol: just 15% vs. Jack’s usual 40%.
Depending on where you are in the world, this will either be called Tennessee Cider or Tennessee Apple Whiskey Punch, but it’s the same Winter Jack regardless of the subtitle. It’s described on the label as “a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur & Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey,” and it ends up taking just like that: a little Jack, a little apple, some cinnamon and spice.
Really, Winter Jack is made to be an easy cider for a snowy day: pour it in a coffee mug, heat it up, drink and repeat. Winter Jack will run you $15-20 a bottle, and there are 30 states that it’ll be distributed to in the U.S., though the list excludes my home state of New Mexico, so we’ll have to take a road trip to Colorado or Texas to get some.