A warm drink for cold nights

A warm cup of bourbon-y orange goodness is the perfect way to end the day.

A warm cup of bourbon-y orange goodness is the perfect way to end the day.

Freezing cold January days mean even colder evenings and venturing outdoors after hours (or any hour) seems almost unbearable. For days and nights like the one's we've had here in Ohio, I love retreating to my sofa with a good book and a hot toddy or two. A hot toddy is the perfect remedy for a long day or a case of the sniffles and with only a few ingredients, most of which you should have stocked at home, it's too easy not to make. What I love beyond the simplicity of the hot toddy is the unlimited potential the drink holds for mixing up the ingredients. Not a fan of bourbon? Try brandy or rum instead. Out of spices? Dunk your favorite flavor of tea into the hot water mix- English Breakfast, Chai, Cinnamon... they'd all taste great! The citrus you use can also be interchanged depending on your taste preferences and what you have on hand. For this hot toddy I used the juice from an orange, but lemon juice is another great option and still packs the Vitamin C punch we all need this time of year. Finally, while honey is the perfect companion to this hot bourbon drink, you can easily sweeten your drink with brown or white sugar or agave syrup. The possibilities are almost endless but the end result is a warming cup of goodness guaranteed to make you feel better.

Orange Hot Toddy

makes 1 delicious drink

1-1/2- 2 oz. of bourbon

Juice of half an orange plus slices for garnish

1 tsp. honey, adjust to taste

4-6 oz. of hot water

Whole cloves

Cinnamon stick

To make:

  1. In a teacup or mug combine the bourbon, orange juice, and honey. Top off the glass with hot water.
  2. Stud an orange slice with whole cloves and immerse in your drink. Garnish with a cinnamon stick (which works double duty as a stirring stick!)
  3. Enjoy curled up on the sofa with a good book!

Cheers to cozy nights in! Have a great weekend!

-c.