Garden & Gun (February/March 2014)
Feb. 1. 8:05 p.m.
Hot cocktail time!
There are only certain situations where we'd ever think to order a hot cocktail. Après-ski, obviously. Sitting by a roaring fire under a winter sky filled with stars, maybe. On a horse-drawn carriage ride through snowy woods, perhaps.
These are not situations we ever find ourselves in.
So we can't tell you the last time we had a hot toddy. Still, we wanted to serve one at our Goodbye Sobriety party just to mix things up.
Honestly, we didn't have high hopes -- it smells great on the stove, but do our friends really want a hot drink?
Answer: Yes. To our surprise, this is a total crowd favorite. Our guests love it, and so do we, and we know that has nothing to do with the fact that everyone is already three stiff drinks in before they even taste this one.
Seriously, the lemon/ginger/honey/cinnamon combo is so nice and warming and comforting, and it tastes really terrific with the rum.
We declare ourselves hot toddy converts, and we swear to ourselves that we won't wait until the perfect snowy ski weekend before we have another one.
¼ cup peeled ginger, sliced thin
½ cup honey
½ cinnamon stick
½ cup lemon juice
2 oz. Corsair rum
Heat 1 quart of water in a small saucepan, add ginger, and simmer for 10 minutes. Then add honey and whisk until dissolved; add cinnamon stick and lemon juice and continue simmering for 10 minutes more. Strain liquid into a thermos, discarding ginger and cinnamon. (Mixture yields about 8 drinks.) In a tempered glass, pour in rum and 4 ounces of the honey mixture. Garnish with candied ginger or a fresh cinnamon stick.