I don’t want to alarm you, but fall is just around the corner. I realize that we’re still at the beginning of September, but each day that I drive up to my college campus, I notice the maple trees thinning out more and more. I don’t know about you, but I happen to love fall, it’s probably my favorite time of year. I know that most people love those sultry summer nights, but it’s those crisp fall days, when the leaves change color dramatically and there’s that beautiful frost on the ground that covers every living and inanimate thing. Plus, fall means that an abundance of wonderful holidays and festivals are not far behind. And where there’s holidays and festivals, there’s great food and fabulous cocktails. So how does rum play into my upcoming fall season, and what will I be mixing up?
Have you ever tried a Hot Toddy? Well, there are a number of variations on the Hot Toddy, and it doesn’t really matter if you’re drinking a traditional version or a modified version. It’s a Northern England classic, and whenever I spend Christmas with my in-laws in London, on the night of my arrival, we always kick things off with a a delicious Hot Toddy. And a fun little historical fact before I give out my recipe; It used to be a treatment for the common cold and flu.
Okay, grab yourself 10z of brandy, whiskey or rum. Use about a tablespoon of honey (I like organic honey, so if you can, use that). Next, squeeze 1/4 of a lemon, then get 1 cup of hot water and a tea bag. Next, take a mug or one of those Irish coffee classes, and coat it with honey. Then pour in the liquor, and the lemon juice. In a separate cup, boil some water and make a cup of tea. After the tea has steeped, pour it into the glass with the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir. The great thing about this drink is that you can experiment with just about any kind of tea you want. Personally, I like to use black or green tea, but if I want something more fragrant, I’ll go for my favorite Earl Grey Blend. And if you’ve had an extra long day, and don’t feel like bothering with fragrance, just have one without the tea! Don’t forget to garnish with a cinnamon stick!