If chestnuts are roasting by an open fire, then hot toddies are mulling away on the stove. After all, what better than this classic, cozy cocktail to warm even the coldest winter nights in the Hudson Valley? Walden’s Angry Orchard agrees, which is why it whipped up a special version of the warming drink featuring its very own Unfiltered cider. When paired with a splash of really good whiskey, a touch of sweetness from homemade honey ginger syrup, and a swirling of spice from cinnamon and star anise, it’s just the thing to drink next to a crackling fire, while those crystalline snowflakes grace the Hudson Valley landscape.
1 bottle Angry Orchard Unfiltered
4 oz Scotch whiskey
2 oz lemon juice
3 oz honey ginger syrup**
3 oz water
2 orange wheels
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Add all ingredients to a sauce pot and set at low heat. Allow to heat up, but be careful not to allow the mixture to get too hot because the alcohol will boil off.
Honey Ginger Syrup:
2 cups honey
1 cup water
2 tbs finely chopped peeled ginger
Peel the ginger and then finely chop. Add all ingredients to a pot and cover. Simmer over medium to low heat for 20 min. Strain, allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.