Hot Toddy

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A good whiskey needs only a glass, and maybe an ice cube, to be savored. But if you want to explore all the ways it can tantalize your taste buds, an easy cocktail is in order. One of our favorite ways to enjoy our whiskey is the classic cold-weather curative known as the hot toddy. This simple four-ingredient cocktail is easy to make and easier to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • ¼ lemon

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 ounces whiskey

  • ¼ cup near-boiling water (or use your favorite freshly-brewed tea)

    Squeeze the lemon juice into a glass, then add the honey, whiskey and water or tea. Relax and enjoy.

 

Irish Coffee

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While many cultures have their own version of a coffee cocktail, Irish Coffee (known as caife Gaelach in the motherland) is hands down the most popular — and delicious. Whether served hot in a mug as an antidote to cold mornings, or iced on a summer day, this simple cocktail is perfect for coffee lovers everywhere.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 ounces coffee

  • 1.5 ounces whiskey

  • ½ ounce cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Pour coffee into a mug or glass, depending on the temperature for which you’re preparing the cocktail. Stir in sugar and whiskey, then slowly pour cream over the back of a spoon to layer on the surface.


Mint Julep

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In the late 1700’s, physicians counted the mint julep as another curative in their arsenal, prescribing it for a number of ailments. And while its medicinal effects may be questionable, no one would argue that this delicious cocktail would certainly distract from any aches and pains!

Now famous as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, as well as the cocktail of the South, this iconic drink was traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup. Nowadays, an old-fashioned or highball glass is the popular way to enjoy this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

  • 5 mint sprigs (spearmint for purists)

  • ½ ounce simple syrup

  • 2.5 ounces bourbon

Muddle the mint sprigs in simple syrup to release the oils, then place in the bottom of a glass. Add bourbon, fill the glass with crushed ice and stir.


John Daly

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Many of us have discovered the unique thirst-quenching of an Arnold Palmer. An invention of its namesake, this combination of lemonade and iced tea is perfect for recovering from a strenuous day on the links. With the addition of vodka, often tea-infused, the drink is popularly known as a John Daly.

A chilly respite from the heat, this thirst-quenching concoction is possibly the most delicious way to replenish your fluids — or simply enjoy a day with friends in the sun.

*To make tea-infused vodka, add a tablespoon of tea leaves, or 2 tea bags, to a fifth of vodka and shake. Let this steep for around 3 hours before straining.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tea-infused vodka

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ounce honey

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain over fresh ice and enjoy!

Alternately, you can go the simple route and combine 3 parts tea (with sweet tea, peach tea and raspberry tea popular favorites), 1 part lemonade and a few healthy shots of vodka — tea-infused or not. This way you can whip up a batch big enough to serve everyone in no time.