“If you want me to test any new cocktails, now’s the time.” I stated this confidently, even arrogantly.
My bartender eyed me coolly. Without even a nod of assent, he strode to the back of the bar and began mixing like an alchemist. Moments later, he returned with a steaming glass.
I cast a suspicious glance in his direction.
“It’s a Bulleit toddy,” he said.
THE DRINK: A hot toddy.
THE HELL? ARE YOU ILL? IS IT SAINT SWITHIN’S DAY? No. Piss off. I was offered a hot alcoholic beverage and I took it.
WHAT’S IN IT? Bulleit bourbon, orange bitters, honey, lemon, and hot water.
HOW IS IT? Medicinal, and I mean that in a good way. It’s a warm, comforting cocktail version of a Luden’s honey lemon cough drop. That may be one of the highest compliments of which I am capable.
HOW DO I MAKE IT? Muddle a lemon slice. Add some honey and a shot of bourbon. Fill with hot water and garnish with lemon slices. Drink and repeat.
DEEP THOUGHTS: I’m going to keep this in my pocket as the glacial cold of winter approaches; this drink will be much appreciated in mid-January. It’s delicious.