Cold and flu season is here, along with chilly weather — and it’s only going to get worse. My best remedy is a classic hot toddy, made with lemon, honey and bourbon or whiskey. This time of year, I love to eat sweet clementines, which are in season, so I thought it would be fun to switch things up.
Buying a big box of clementines in the winter is great for healthy snacking. They’re so easy to peel, and the slices inside are so succulent and juicy. That sweet and tangy juice is the basis for this winter warmer, replacing the lemon juice . Add some bourbon, boiling water and a big spoonful of local honey, and you’ve got a satisfying throat soother that will set you up for a good night’s rest.
If you’re feeling under the weather, or if you’re in need of something to warm you right up, I can’t recommend this drink enough.
Also, I’m going to try something new in 2015… A lot of people have told me things like this:
“I have all these liquors on my bar cart, but I don’t know what to make with them.”
“I love gin & tonics, but what else can I make with gin?”
“I really want to invest in a fancy whiskey, but I can’t justify it if I don’t know what to make with it.”
I hear you. I run into all of these problems too. I have tons of bottles in my stash I need to use up. I also get stuck in cocktail ruts. And I really hate buying something to make just one recipe, never to use it again. It ends now.
To make it easier for you to learn more about what you can make with what’s in your liquor cabinet, I’m going to try focusing on one spirit each month. We’ll learn together. January is bourbon, and I’m starting with this Clementine Hot Toddy. I’ll also tell you about how else you can use bourbon. I’m not going to promise that every cocktail I make for Feast + West will fall into this theme, but I do want you to end a month with several recipes under your belt. So, you better stock up!
If you’ve been wanting to up your home bar game, you’re in the right place. Download a free copy of The Complete Guide for Building Your Home Bar (only for email subscribers) and we’ll work on building your home bar knowledge every week. Look for more bourbon recipes in the coming weeks, and maybe I’ll even let my email subscribers pick February! (Hint hint.) Oh, and happy new year! // susannah
Click below for the Clementine Hot Toddy Recipe!
A tangy twist on a classic winter warmer
- 1 1/2 ounce whiskey or bourbon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed clementine juice (about 4 clementines)
- 4 ounces boiling water
- Cinnamon stick, optional
- In a teacup or mug, combine whiskey, honey and clementine juice. Stir in boiling water. If desired, stir with a cinnamon stick.
Tailor the hot toddy to your tastes by adding more or less honey and clementine juice.