Care for a hot drink to warm you up? This cozy hot toddy, courtesy of Coppersea Distilling in New Paltz, channels the spiced flavors of German Pfeffernusse cookies. The drink uses Coppersea’s Excelsior Straight Rye Whiskey, an Empire Rye with initial notes of cedar, orange marmalade, and cacao nibs, followed by flavors of caramel, cherries, and cinnamon. In other words, it’s the perfect locally made craft alcohol to power this warm and flavorful hot toddy. Mix it up, then hunker on over to the fireplace (with a book in hand, of course) for a perfect winter evening in the Hudson Valley.
2 oz Coppersea Excelsior Straight Rye Whiskey
1 green cardamom pod
2 slices fresh ginger
1 Tbsp honey
5 oz boiling water
Crush peppercorns, cardamom, and clove slightly in mortar and pestle.
Add crushed spices, ginger, and honey to water just off the boil. Steep for six minutes.
Strain the peppercorn infusion into a warm glass and add Coppersea Excelsior Straight Rye.
Garish with orange or lemon twist.