Holiday Cocktails Week 2: Bourbon

With snowstorms galore in Central Oregon and everything covered in that beautiful fluffy white stuff once again, we are feeling inclined to hunker down with a warm drink. This weather beckons comfy clothes, cozy blankets, roaring fireplaces and of course, booze!

Bourbon is an all time favorite for warming the body from the inside out, and providing that extra fuzzy feeling after knocking a few back. For Week 2 of our Holiday Cocktail Month we are featuring warm bourbon drinks. Enjoy!honey-bourbon-toddy

Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1 cup hot water
– 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
– lemon peel
– cinnamon sticks

Directions: Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you’ll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between 2 Toddy glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.
To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced Fuji apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain and sip of use in recipe above.

Hot Butter Bourbon
– 1 cup apple cider
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
– 1 tablespoon honey
– 1/4 teaspoon cloves
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1/2 cup (4 ounces) bourbon
– Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Directions: In a small sauce pan over low heat, bring cider to a gentle simmer. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, honey, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger with a spoon until combined. Add the butter mixture to the cider, whisking just until it melts.
Remove pan from heat, whisk in the bourbon and serve immediately. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.


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