Drink #1 [Best drink of Christmas]: Hot Toddy

The time has come.

Number one.

Best of the best.

It’s finally here.

I am going to assume many of you guessed this would be #1. If you didn’t, well, now you know. Don’t forget it. This is important.

I LOVE HOT TODDIES.

The hot toddy is a wonderful drink. First of all, what a great name! Second of all, it cures illnesses! And third of all, it tastes absolutely delicious! (Yes, I know you may be skeptical about that second point, but I swear it’s true. Drink a hot toddy when you have a bad cold or flu and you will feel better instantly. I wouldn’t lie about this. I do it a lot.)

Honestly, there isn’t much else to say. It’s such a wonderful drink. And fortunately, toddies are so simple to make! And so, dear friends, I will share my recipe with you. So that you, too, can experience the joy that is hot toddies at Christmastime.

Hot Toddy

What you’ll need:

  • Hot (boiling) water
  • Bourbon
  • Slice of lemon
  • Honey

How to make it:

First, boil some water. Admire your other ingredients as you do so.

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Next, pour some bourbon in your glass. About one finger should do the trick. (Now don’t freak out, you whiskey drinkers. One finger is PLENTY, I promise. Mugs are much larger than rocks glasses, so it’s more than you’d get in a bar.)

[Side note: If you don’t know what a finger is, look up “finger of whiskey” on Google. Then click the top Wikipedia link. Those sentences will sound a lot less dirty if you know what I’m talking about.]

MOVING ON.

This is the part where most people make their mistake. So pay close attention, because this will be the difference between an alright hot toddy and an amazing hot toddy.

Get a spoon (like, your average table spoon…and no, not a Tablespoon.) Fill the spoon with honey, like so:

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Then, carefully and slowly, pour the boiling water over the spoon into the mug. Basically what you’re trying to do is get the honey to melt as you pour the water over it. Once there’s no more honey left on the spoon, leave it in the mug as you pour in the rest of the water to fill it up.

Now use that spoon to stir. STIR. Stir it up. Little darlin’. [Omitting this step could be disastrous. If the honey stays on the bottom, the first sips will be straight whiskey, and the last ones will be straight honey. The mark of a good drink is consistency. Not how thick or runny it is, but how consistent the flavor is throughout.]

Almost there now! Take that lemon slice, squeeze it lightly over the drink, and then just drop it in. And there you go! A perfectly lovely hot toddy. Good for the soul, and great for the common cold.

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And so, dear friends, those are my 12 Drinks of Christmas. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to all! (And to all a drunk night.)

Drink #7: Coffee with Kahlua

Those of you who know me already know that I LOVE Kahlua and coffee. LOVE, I say.

To those of you who don’t know me, let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, my senior year of college, my roommate, KB, and I finished our finals SUPER early. I mean, finals week ends Friday, and by noon on Monday we had turned in all of our papers and finished all of our exams. HOME FREE!

And so, we decided, we must celebrate! And how did we do that, you may ask? Well, we were over-committed college students with no free time, so our apartment was kind of a sty after a quarter of hard studying and no cleaning. So we cleaned and drank coffee spiked with Kahlua and watched Love Actually all day long!

(And then we spiked our coffee the next day. And the next day. Until eventually, it was an ordeal. You know, if by “ordeal” you mean AWESOME.)

Since then, each year starting on December 1st all the way until the New Year, I put Kahlua in my coffee every single morning. Yes, EVERY morning. Even when I’m hungover. Even when I don’t want it. It’s a tradition, damnit!

So if you’re feeling blue, or (on the opposite end of the spectrum) if you’ve just finished finals, spike your coffee with some Kahlua and join the party! I swear, it’s worth it.

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P.S. If you liked that story, you should hear about the time KB and I moved out of our apartment and got high on Clorox. And then we drank a bottle of wine! Ahh, good times…

The 12 Drinks of Christmas!

If you are too lazy to read this short post, here’s the skinny:

  • 12 posts
  • Dec. 13th – Dec. 25th
  • One holiday drink per day!

So while I may have been failing as a blogger, I have not been failing as a drinker. And, if you didn’t already know, ‘TIS THE SEASON! (For drinking, that is.)

Anyway, I like winter because there are so many drinks that just taste so much better at this time of year. Some of them are just damn silly if you drink them anytime other than the holidays. (Also, pretty sure you can’t buy eggnog between January and November.)

So, starting tomorrow, I will share my 12 Favorite Holiday Beverages with all of you! One drink per day (sometimes with a recipe!) from Thursday, December 13th until Christmas Day. Maybe I’ll even post a picture of me in my ugly Christmas sweater! You never know what might happen when I start downing holiday drinks.

Get excited…

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