Cocktails can be great to take the edge off after a long day or give liquid courage on a first date. But when stopping for a drink on a cold January evening, it’s possible we just want to be warm.
Frosty margaritas and sangria have their place during the warmer months, but as the weather chills, these cocktails promise to heat things up.
Created by Amir Babayoff for Ophelia in New York City, this Hot Toddy spinoff is a delicious combination of Barrell Whiskey, Pineau De Charente, lemon juice, Island syrup, Angostura Bitters and ginger/orange spiced tea all topped off with hot water. The spicy tea and temperature of the cocktail will be sure to warm you up in more ways than one! “At Ophelia I wanted to create a Hot Toddy that has a strong base and is both masculine and feminine in order to fit the concept and create a balance that appeals to both men and women. I chose an exceptional bourbon, Barrell Craft Spirits, with deep flavor layering that was aged in high quality casks without chill filtration, coloring or flavoring and at barrel strength. The addition of Pineau des Charentes (fortified wine from France) brings out the softer part of the drink with the resulting notes of peaches, prunes, plums and toasted nuts. The tea blend I used in order to spice things up is an organic, caffeine free blend of exotic herbs and cinnamon spice notes tangled up with sweet bursts of orange. For a sweetner, I wanted something deeper and more fitting for the complex flavor profile of the drink so I added Panella (unrefined sugar cane) with a blend of 5 winter spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom) and that really magnifies the experience and makes this cocktail perfect for winter!” said Amir Babayoff, head bartender at Ophelia.