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Weekend Whiskey Toddies

Shopping, football, snowbound Saturday nights, we’ve hunted down a hot cocktail to match your most important engagements.

When the weekend hits, you want to ditch the agenda. We agree, with one exception: the drink agenda. Sprinkle your cold-weather downtime with hot toddies that make whatever you’re doing a little warmer.

The Friday Night Pop-In.
Hey, hottie, why don’t you stay a while? This instant warm-up is sweet, spicy and guaranteed to kick-off a long night in. Hit your sideboard for some whiskey and dial some take-out.

Hot n’ Spicy Toddy

  • 2 ounces whiskey (bourbon or rye, mixer’s choice)
  • 2 ounces spiced tea*
  • Honey, to taste
  • Grated nutmeg, to garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, to garnish
  1. Mix whiskey with hot spiced tea.
  2. Sweeten to taste with honey.
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

* Spiced Tea

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 Darjeeling tea bags (or other black tea)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled ginger
  • 1 vanilla pod
  1. Boil water and spices for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Steep 5 additional minutes. Strain.

An Afternoon Shopping Break.
Nothing fuels a spending spree like whiskey, spiked with sugar and caffeine, then zapped with mint. Hello, mid-day pick-up. All we can say is make sure your credit card can keep up with your new-found energy levels.

Mint(ea) Toddy

An adaptation of the Sweet Tea Toddy, created by The Rivington Hotel in NYC, this version keeps the tea sizzling and instead of muddling mint leaves with simple syrup, steeps them in the tea.

  • 2 ounces whiskey (bourbon or rye, mixer’s choice)
  • 2 ounces Earl Grey tea, steeped with fresh mint leaves
  • Simple syrup (or honey, to taste)
  • Mint leaves, to garnish (to taste)
  1. Steep fresh mint and hot Earl Grey tea. Sweeten with simple syrup (or honey) to taste.
  2. Add whiskey and garnish with a mint leaf.

A Snowbound Saturday Night. The High West Hottie never met a cozy night in that it didn’t like, or improve. A moodmaker in a cup, it’s guaranteed to stop the world and melt with you.

High West Hottie

This family elixir shouldn’t only be used as a remedy for sore throats, whip it out anytime you’re staying in this winter.

  • Boiling water
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 5 to 8 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 ounces High West 16-Year Old Rye
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  1. Bring water to a boil and add ginger, cloves and cinnamon stick. Boil for about 5 minutes, until flavors begin to infuse in the water.
  2. Add rye and lemon juice, heat until just boiling. Serve in a pre-warmed coffee mug.

The Sunday Football Match-Up.
Pigskin, meet the Whiskey Skin, courtesy of Skeptics of this simple Irish twist on the classic toddy recipe should note that the use of a high-powered spirit, along with the essence and oils of a lemon rind, keep the taste impactful without making you a slave to the stove. You’ll be back into the game before the Bud Light commercial ends.

Irish Whiskey Skin

(Adapted from The Merchant Hotel Bar Book volume 2 by Sean James Muldoon and Imbibe! by David Wondrich)

  • 1 1/2 ounces flavorful Irish Whiskey (Redbreast 12 year or Connemara are good choices, or if you want to go Scottish, an Islay malt will also work well)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Lemon rind, peeled in a long, thin strip
  • Demerara sugar or cane syrup (optional)
  1. Mix water and whiskey.
  2. Twist lemon rind to release oils and rub around the cup rim before garnishing.
  3. Sweeten to taste with sugar.

Play with the flavor profile by switching up your whiskey choices. Photo: