Game Day Earl Grey Hot Toddy

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We only have two game days left in the 2019-2020 season, but they are two of THE best gamedays of the season! We’ve spent most of this season making our favorite game day recipes, whether it was spicy sausage dip, buffalo chicken dip, cauliflower wings, roast beef sliders, and just last week, Bob’s Taco Dip, but this weekend we are feeling a little chilly (northeast, I’m looking at your snow/rain storms…). To combat the cold and prepare for a wonderful night of football, we are making an Earl Grey Hot Toddy.

I don’t know about you, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate a good cocktail. Last weekend, I had friends from Philly visiting me in Baltimore. I thought, we could visit one of the many breweries but that just seems like more of the same. Instead, we visited a local Rye Whiskey Distillery, Sagamore Spirit, right here in Federal Hill. We toured the distillery, learned about the great history of rye whiskey in Baltimore and more importantly, how it’s made! At the end, we tasted 4 incredible whiskies, the last one paired with a whiskey truffle chocolate – which was amazing. Before leaving, I HAD to grab a bottle of their 83 Rye Whiskey for my husband, fueling our inspiration for a fun whiskey cocktail for this afternoon and evening of football!


The Recipe:

– 2 oz. whiskey

– 6-8 oz of hot Earl Grey tea

– 1 tbsp honey

– 1 oz. or juice of a quarter of a lemon

– cinnamon sticks and a lemon wedge for garnish

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The Method:

– HEAT a pot of water. We are throwing a curveball into the mix with Earl Grey tea, but you can substitute a different tea or no tea at all- just stick with hot water! If you want to use tea, steep your tea here for the time indicated on your tea bag (mine was 4 minutes).

*Editor’s note- many Hot Toddy recipes suggest warming your mug, you can do this by pouring some of this hot water into the mug while you prepare the rest of the drink! This will keep your mug nice and toasty until the whiskey takes over…

CUT a lemon in half and use one half for quartering and the other for making beautiful lemon wedges for garnish.

MEASURE 2 oz of whiskey, a normal shot glass should measure 2 oz. and POUR your whiskey into a warm mug.

SQUEEZE a quarter of a lemon, or if you are nervous the flavor will be too sour, measure 1 oz. and add to your mug with whiskey

ADD your warm tea or hot water to the mug! Now is also a good time to add the honey!

MIX well. The honey is sticky, so make sure you really get in there with a spoon (I used a bar spoon because I had one on hand).

GARNISH with cinnamon sticks and a lemon wedge.


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