Happy Hour ~ Hot Toddy Me Already

News flash, it’s cold outside, like really, really cold. In fact I am still trying to thaw out from last weekends polar vortex. Let me tell you, I’ve never appreciated hot spiced cider until having to walk 6 blocks in -9 degree weather. So this week’s happy hour is focusing on two different versions of one classic “warm me up” cocktail, the Hot Toddy.

NYChai-Tea Toddy

Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President, Seamstress NY, New York, NY

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1 ½ parts Maker’s 46
2 ½ parts Harney & Sons Winter White Earl Grey
1 part almond milk (at room temperature)
½ part Bénédictine
½ part honey syrup*
Nutmeg for garnish

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass and pour in a Hot Toddy glass.  Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. *Combine 1 cup local New York honey and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.

Dulce de Leche Hot-Tea Toddy

Created by Leslie Ross at Hunky Dory Tavern, Houston, TX

Dulce de Leche Toddy

1 ½ parts Maker’s 46
3-4 parts double brewed Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea
¾ part dulce de leche
¼ – ½ part Oloroso (or Palo Cortado Sherry)
Rosemary sprig, orange peel and glazed cranberry for garnish

In a deep pot, boil one tin of Condensed Milk and cover with 3” of water for 2-3 hours. Allow to stand for 15 minutes and you have dulce de leche! Stir ¾ parts of warm dulce de leche mixture combined with 3-4 parts double brewed Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea (steeped for 5 minutes). Pour 3-4 parts of this mixture atop stirred Maker’s 46 and Oloroso (or Palo Cortado Sherry). Serve in a pre-warmed Hot Toddy glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig, orange peel and glazed cranberry.

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