The toddy project continues with two delicious combinations of tea and booze - whiskey and black tea to perk you up, and chamomile and bourbon to send you off to sleep.
Thursday: Whiskey Hot Tea Toddy
I couldn't stop drinking this. It's so many things I love, mixed into one: whiskey, tea, spices, honey. I can see myself drinking this après-ski in front of a roaring fire, or just après-work at the end of a long day. Go ahead, make one: you've earned it.
The Whiskey Tea Toddy
1 teaspoon honey
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole anise star
1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 cup (or more, to taste) already-brewed hot tea (I used English Breakfast)
Slice of lemon
Add honey and spices to the bottom of a heat-proof snifter or mug. Add the whiskey and pour in the tea. Squeeze the lemon, drop it in, and stir until the honey is melted.
Friday: Chamomile Bourbon Hot Toddy
For Friday's hot toddy, I was inspired by this recipe from Jacob Grier. I was intrigued by the combination of bourbon and chamomile, but at a bit of a loss as to how to get my hands on some chamomile liqueur. The solution? Chamomile tea. The bourbon and the floral flavors here complement one another beautifully. Perfect for a nightcap - chamomile has been used as a sleep aid for centuries, and if that doesn't do the trick, the little bit of bourbon should knock you right out.
Chamomile Bourbon Hot Toddy
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounce bourbon
1/2 cup already-brewed chamomile tea
1 slice meyer lemon
dash lavender bitters
Add the honey and bourbon to a heat-proof snifter or mug. Top with the tea, squeeze the lemon, and drop it in. Add the lavender bitters and stir until the honey is melted.