Hot Toddy. Do the Math

Two negatives make a positive

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By David Hammond

During the holiday season, wine and spirits are sent to me from various distributors and producers. It's research.

I was less than enthusiastic, though, to receive Dewar's Highlander Honey, which is a whiskey flavored with honey. For drinking whiskey, I usually go with maybe a single cube or splash of water. Basically, I prefer drinking only the stuff that can be taken (relatively) neat, and for sipping, like Dewar's 18 Year Old (very mellow, not at all peaty, and smooth).

Flavored whiskey is not high on my Christmas list. Actually, it's not on my Christmas list.

Same goes for flavored tea. For some reason that I'm at the moment unable to comprehend, I bought a cream-flavored Assam from Todd & Holland, my favorite tea store in the world, purveyor of many fine teas, all of which I prefer straight, no flavor.

I had a Hot Toddy recipe that I slightly modified to make use of flavored whisky and tea.

1 oz. Dewar's Highlander Honey (I may have added a touch more)

Hot water

1 tea bag of Cream Assam from Todd & Holland

1 tbsp. honey

1/4 Lemon, juiced

I made the tea in a cup; in a separate mug I added the whiskey, honey and lemon. When the tea had steeped, I poured it into the mug with whiskey, honey and lemon. E voila: hot toddy.

Two things I don't like much, combined with more honey and lemon, make something I do like: warm, soothing and stimulating, with pleasant bitterness from the tea and sweetness from the honey and, strangely, from the whiskey. I don't have a sore throat, but if I did, I'd like this drink even more.

Do the math: two negatives make a positive.

With ingredients for this Hot Toddy available in my liquor and tea cabinets, I'm actually looking forward to more snow.

Dewar's Highlander Honey is available at Binny's for $22.99.



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