A hot toddy is traditionally a drink that you have when you’re not feeling well or in cold weather. It is a drink made typically with whiskey and water with sugar and spices and served hot. But what if you aren’t feeling under the weather or it’s warm outside? That’s when the Cool Toddy cocktail becomes the perfect choice.
When bourbon is used instead of whiskey, it not only makes this Cool Toddy a little more sweet, but also gluten-free. W.H. Harrison Bourbon is the choice for this cocktail, which is a bourbon made from famous Indiana-grown corn.
The myth is that bourbon only comes from Kentucky, however that is not the case. In reality, 96 percent of bourbon is made in the Bluegrass State where limestone aids in flavor. However the key requirements are that bourbon be made with at least 51 percent corn and aged in new charred-oak barrels.
The Indiana bourbon can go head-to-head with any variety from its neighboring state, and is perfect for a cocktail such as the Cool Toddy.
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce honey
1/2 ounce water
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Mix honey and warm water to create a honey mixture. Let cool and set aside.
2. Combine the bourbon, honey mixture, freshly squeezed lemon juice and ice in a shaker.
3. Shake and pour into a glass over ice.
Dress with bourbon-soaked cherries, if available, and enjoy responsibly.
Recipe courtesy of Zach Wilks, wilksandwilson.com, 2013.