I was browsing the internet for hot drink recipes when I stumbled across this twist on the classic Hot Toddy. For those of you who don't know what a Hot Toddy is, it's a classic hot alcoholic beverage typically enjoyed during the cold months of fall and winter. It lights the most delightful fire deep inside you, filling your body with warmth that spreads all the way to the tips of your toes.
A classic hot toddy contains:
spices (such as cinnamon and cloves)
Keep in mind, there are about a million variations. But that's the classic, and it's been a beloved homespun cold and flu remedy for decades.
This twist on the old classic is called a Pearman's Toddy, and it's what you should be drinking on this chilly fall night.
Now this variation is particularly suited to fall because of the homemade cinnamon simple syrup. Fill your home with the delicious wafting scent of cinnamon while preparing an alcoholic beverage to enjoy with a loved one? Yes, please!
Another reason the Pearman's Toddy is so interesting to me is the replacement of whiskey with gin. The notes of pine and bitter herbs in a good gin make it a particularly attractive autumnal spirit in my book. Combine that with a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and a shake of good old Angostura bitters, and you've got the perfect thing the keep you warm tonight.
Make your own Pearman's Toddy!
Recipe adapted from Saveur
2 oz. gin
1 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
1⁄2 oz. lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 cinnamon sticks
1. Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 4 cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved. Discard cinnamon sticks and set aside.
2. Make the cocktail: Rinse small saucepan and re-use to heat gin, syrup, lemon juice, and 2 oz. of water. Pour into a mug or mason jar and add bitters. Garnish with last cinnamon stick, and enjoy the feeling of warmth spreading through you!
Feel free to share this recipe with other Fall cocktail lovers :)