Food & Wine Thursdays: A Festive Holiday Cocktail

What better on these frigid 65 degree Los Angeles winter nights than a cocktail that will warm both body and soul? A variation on that 1950s swinger party classic the Hot Toddy, I humbly submit for your review, the, well, 21st Century Hot Toddy.


  • 12oz Ginger beer – use a spicy one like Reed’s, Bundaberg, or Fentiman’s
  • 1Tbsp Honey
  • 2oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • Lemon wedge
  • Cinnamon stick
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, warm the ginger beer until hot but not boiling.
  2. While the ginger beer is warming, mix the bourbon and honey in a fine rustic ceramic mug.
  3. Carefully add half the hot ginger beer to the mug (use the rest for a second serving or a refill).
  4. Briskly stir the cocktail until bourbon, ginger beer, and honey are well-mixed.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wedge. You can re-use the cinnamon stick for multiple cocktails.

Enjoy naked under a blanket with a good friend in front of a crackling fire.

Merry Christmas!

About David D.

I'm a wine professional. Like a real one who makes most of his living in wine and have for most of my adult life. I also write, but you can see that.
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