Definition: Hot Toddy - a name given to a mixed drink that is served hot, believed to have originated in the 18th century to make the taste of whiskey more palatable to women.
I reject the idea that only women need help making the taste of whiskey more appealing. While I personally like it "as is", I have watched many a grown man do the shiver shake after sipping some of Kentucky's best bourbon, Tennessee & Canada's whiskey, or even Ireland's aged Scotch. Straight up whiskey is certainly not for everyone.
So the idea of a hot toddy should be appealing. Besides the fact that I think it has a cool retro sound to it, the Hot Toddy is the perfect way to cap off an evening. Here's a simple recipe for a Canadian Coffee that would make anyone feel very good about whiskey. --a
1 oz Canadian Whiskey
1/2 oz + 2 teaspoons Grade A Maple Syrup
4 oz hot brewed coffee
1/2 cup heavy cream
Combine whiskey, 1/2 oz of maple syrup and coffee in an Irish coffee mug and stir. For garnish whip together heavy cream & 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.
Note: The whipped cream could be prepared in advance to save time with your guests.
Photo courtesy of Lakeland. Recipe courtesy of Imbibe Magazine.