Bourbon Tea Toddy "Crocktail" for a Cold Evening

Last night, Miamians experienced a rare sensation. When walking the dog or making that long trek from the car to Publix to grab a few things for dinner, we were faced with new bodily sensations: goosebumps and shivering. You are not dying. You are just cold, like the rest of the ever-lovin' world.

Don't worry too much (or even get used to it), because the forecast calls for a warming trend that will bring South Florida back to its natural state of balmy by tomorrow.

In the meantime, however, we've got an easy "crocktail" recipe for you to make. What's a crocktail? It's simply a warm, boozy beverage you make in that Crock Pot that's been collecting dust in your pantry.

Crocktails are easy to make, they're soothing, and come with a bonus: They'll make your entire house smell wonderful.

Plus, if you have a cold, drink one a crocktail is a gazillion times more fun than taking a shot of Nyquil.

Last year, we made some tequila-based potions. This time, we're going to "crock" your world with bourbon. Time to get crocked!

See also: Winter Crocktails Chase Away the Cold

Hot Bourbon Tea Toddy

  • 8 cups hot water for tea
  • 6 oz. Maker's Mark bourbon
  • 2 oz. apple moonshine (or apple brandy)
  • 6 tea bags (we used PB Tips)
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons honey (or more, to taste)
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • mulling spices

Directions: Add hot water for tea and tea bags to Crock Pot. Cut half a lemon into slices and add to Crock Pot. Add the juice of the remaining lemon half, along with six cinnamon sticks and a tablespoon of mulling spices (add more spices to taste).

Allow tea to steep for about five minutes; then remove tea bags. Steep longer for a stronger toddy. Add apple moonshine and Maker's Mark, and simmer. The longer you simmer, the better the toddy tastes.

Pour into glass mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and lemon wedges.

Note: The tea toddy will probably not be sweet enough. This is to allow people to add more honey to their liking. You can always add more honey (or substitute agave) before you simmer for a sweeter toddy.

Warms up about eight very cold people.

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