WARM UP WITH A HOT TODDY

When the weather is frightfully cold, and you do not have a fireplace around you, all you need is whiskey, lemon, tea, honey, and warm water. But that doesn’t mean the Hot Toddy is only a winter tipple. It is a mild drink, an absolute nerve soother helping you relax and get a good sleep.

The Hot Toddy is believed to have its origins in Scotland, back in 1786, when the drink was prescribed by a physician. Contrary to this belief, many argue that the cocktail derived its name from an Indian drink made by fermenting the sap of palm trees.

In its simplest form, the classic drink is a mix of whiskey shot (preferably malt), honey, and lemon mixed with boiling water or tea. But you have a good scope to play around with the spices ranging from nutmeg, fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, to saffron, nuts, and mace. A version of the drink in Ontario typically heats the ginger before adding it to the whisky. Few pubs in the US substitute bourbon with brandy.

The cocktail (often called the Tottie) when mixed with tea serves as a brilliant medicine when you are in the middle of a flue, or suffering from sniffles. Instead of running to the pharmacy, you may find an easier solution in a glass of Hot Toddy. For years, the drink has been used to ease pains and aches caused by flu and cold. It not only cures congestion, but also helps you get a nice sleep, just like how a paracetamol functions. Many do not prefer adding tea to their drink, and like it with hot water alone as it brings out the flavors of the spices. But those who like it with tea, may want to experiment with the varieties. A blend of black and green tea when mixed with the sweetness of honey and a tinge on lemon, makes it amazingly soothing.

The Process

Heat water in a pan or microwave oven. Once the water is warm, add a tea bag and let it brew for about three minutes. This may vary as per the instructions on your tea packet. While the tea is soaking, take an Irish coffee mug and fill with hot water. When the glass becomes warm, you can throw the water away and coat the bottom with honey. Now, add the bourbon whisky and squeeze lime into it. Pour tea into the Irish glass now and stir a bit.


The Black Barrel Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned has to be the most accurately named whiskey cocktail, with an ironclad reputation that has endured for centuries, losing none of its charm. The harmony of its ingredients has helped the Old Fashioned cement itself as possibly the most revered cocktails ever mixed.Its compatibility with Irish whiskey makes it an impeccable choice to mix with whiskeys such as the Jameson Black Barrel, producing a drink that is so rich in flavor, one can almost taste why the Old Fashioned, never really went out of fashion.Irish Whiskey cocktails are typically simple, can be made at home with ease, and without breaking the bank on ingredients and the Black Barrel Old Fashioned is no different.

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SASHAYING AROUND WITH THE SINGAPORE SLING

At the fag end of the 20th century, Putin was coming into power in Russia, Bill Clinton was being impeached, George W. Bush was becoming the President of America, and the world at large was hoping for a miracle. In the sunny shores of swashbuckling Singapore, in the early 1900s, bartender extraordinaire Ngiam Tong Boon was stirring up a storm in a glass. Boon’s improvisation of the classic gin sling gave birth to the sassy Singapore Sling, a cocktail so on fleek that it could send the best of best in a heady trip down the clamouring, gaudy lanes of Singapore. Since then, a thousand (okay, that’s an exaggeration) variations of the Singapore Sling have come and gone, each leaving its impression behind. Taking inspiration from the 20th century stunner, here’s yet another version of the drink, with a Scottish twist.

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THE SEVEN AND SEVEN: A CULT HIT

Seven and Seven (also called 7 and 7 or Seven-Seven) is an astoundingly popular drink. This whiskey highball is pretty similar to Rum and Coke. The drink only has just two main ingredients and similar to mixes like Jack and Coke, it takes its name from the brands used in the blend. Seven and Seven has made frequent appearances on bar counters and pub menus in the US since the 1970s. The drink originally acquired its popularity as a staple of movie characters in cult hits like Mean Streets and Saturday Night Fever. After a lull in the 80s, De Niro’ Jimmy the Gent sipping on one in Goodfellas brought the Seven and Seven back into the limelight. The great thing about this cocktail is that it’s extremely specific about the ingredients. There are no substitutes or variations, and if you order a Seven and Seven at any bar, that is exactly what the barkeep will have to serve. The drink is served over a lot of ice and uses a 1:1 proportion of whiskey and the soft drink. Although, if you are just starting off with your first Seven and Seven, it makes more sense to blend one part of whiskey with two parts of soda. You don’t need a strainer or a shaker – just serve it in the same glass you are whipping it up in along with a wedge of lime and you are good to go.

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