Hey New York: Winter Vortex Got You Down? It’s Toddy Time!

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We know, New York, it’s cold out there.  Not just your average winter day, but the kind of day that makes you:

  • Spend the morning hours on Kayak in a last ditch effort for hacker fares to any city over 30 degrees.
  • Research average monthly rents in Miami and Los Angeles (which in turn makes you all the more nauseated that you actually pay exorbitantly to be tortured by this arctic freeze).
  • Reinforce your belief that the Seamless delivery guys are actually the hardest working people in New York.

Here’s the silver lining:

  1. Acceptable winter attire during these days includes blanket coats (you know, the kind that look like you were too lazy to get dressed so you made a toga out of your duvet) and Ugg boots (we know, we know, they’re so 2006).
  2. There is no yummier winter drink than a hot toddy.  And they couldn’t be any easier to make.

Here are two easy toddies to keep you warmed up on this cold day.

Classic Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon  (I love using a sweeter, corn-forward bourbon like Maker’s Mark so I don’t have to use as much honey)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of 1/3 lemon
  • Hot water
  • Cinnamon, cloves and star anise

To prepare, add bourbon, honey and lemon to a mug and mix until honey is dissolved.  Top with hot water.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick, cloves, and/or star anise.

Hot Spiced Apple Toddy

  • 1.5 ounces Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Apple cider, warmed

To prepare, add Cognac, syrup and lemon to mug and mix until incorporated.  Top with piping hot cider.  Garnish with an apple slide or lemon peel.

Happy sipping!