Toddy time

Yesterday evening I was certain a head cold was settling in for an extended stay and, lo and behold, I woke up today feeling pretty darn good. Of course I wouldn’t wish a cold on anyone, especially myself, but considering today’s National Hot Toddy Day, it would have been fitting to sport a cold while celebrating the drink typically consumed when the throat turns scratchy and the sinuses clog. Given this notable calendar day, I’m swapping out my typical evening beer with a piping hot mug of toddy. Celebrate this holiday (probably for the first time) with one of these tasty recipes.

Livorno Toddy by David Shenaut of Portland’s Beaker and Flask.
1 ounce Galliano
1 ½ ounces Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce orange juice
4 dashes each Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters
Hot water

* Mix all ingredients in a Hot Toddy glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry on a skewer.

Spiced Pear Toddy by H. Joseph Ehrmann of San Francisco’s Elixir
2 ounces Square One Organic Vodka
1 ounce Perfect Purée Green Apple Puree, thawed
1 ounce Perfect Purée Pear Puree, thawed
1 ounce Baking Spice Syrup
4 ounces hot water
1 cinnamon stick
1 pear wedge, for garnish

* Build all ingredients into mug and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick and pear wedge. Serve.

Walk in the Snowdrifts by Frank Cisneros of Brooklyn’s DRAM Bar
1 ½ ounces Bols Genever
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce grade B maple syrup
12 ounces Chamomile Tea
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg

* Brew cup of Chamomile tea and let steep in a tea cup. Once tea is steeped, remove tea bag, add lemon juice, maple syrup and Bols Genever. Stir and let sit for 10 seconds. Grate fresh nutmeg on top. Garnish with a clove studded lemon twist and serve.

Know of any great recipes? Let me know in the comments.

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011