Friday, January 31, 2014

The Hot Teddy

Brrr, it’s cold outside and baby I need a HOT HOT drink to warm me up. After a long day of being in the chilly winter air, it’s nice to come home to something to make me hot and bothered.

I like to make a nice hot toddy or as I like to call it, a Hot Teddy, for me and my special friend.  It uses my spiced simple syrup that I make with honey to both sweeten and spice it up. It’s a hot drink that’s a little bit naughty, a little bit nice!

Makes 1 beverage

1 ½ oz. good bourbon or whiskey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons spiced simple syrup (recipe below)
1 cup hot water

For the garnish:
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise

In a mug pour in bourbon or whiskey, lemon juice, spiced simple syrup and hot water. Stir till combined. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and star anise. 
Sip, enjoy, and let your naughty side out to play.

Makes 1 cup syrup

1 stick cinnamon
2 full pieces star anise
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
½ tsp chopped crystallized ginger
½ c honey
½ c water

Put all the ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain, then use as desired. You can store the syrup for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Try my Hot Teddy, and let me know what happens!

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