Saturday, January 25, 2014

hot toddy with bourbon and bitters

Though there is no one correct way to make a hot toddy, I have always secretly considered myself a purest. Bourbon, lemon, honey and hot water. It was only a matter of time before some tantalizing bitters would woo me and set me straight. 

Grand Classico Bitters. What a name! Of Swiss origin, Grand Classico strikes a pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. It offers a similar flavor profile to Campari, albeit less distinctive. 

In a hot toddy, the herbal undertone of the Grand Classico stand in for the tea often used in the drink. The sweet notes play nice with the complex flavors of a good honey, and compliment the smokiness of the bourbon. 

Grand Classico Hot Toddy
1 ounce Grand Classico bitters
1/2 ounce bourbon
juice of half a lemon
barspoon honey, or more to taste
boiling water

Combine Grand Classico, bourbon, juice of half a lemon and honey to taste in your favorite mug. Pour in boiling water, stirring to combine. 

Now go and curl up on the couch with this guy.


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