December 14, 2010
I did not expect to take this large of a break between posts but family emergencies and feeling icky got in the way. Now I’m back just in time for the snow flurries and Christmas preparations to introduce the Hot Toddy! A warm and fuzzy drink to compliment wrapping presents and a slightly sore throat.
The Hot Toddy has been a favorite of mine for a few years, it’s hard to imagine my evening tea any other way when snow is falling and the radiator is hissing. A simple beverage to make, you basically prepare your favorite cup of tea and add a shot (or two) of Whiskey or Brandy or even Rum. Traditionally, you should add some cinnamon and clove, honey and lemon but whatever wintry spices you have available will make a good cup. Just boil some water and combine it all, no more explanation needed than that.
My first Hot Toddy this season was sipped while diving into a knitting project and wrapping presents. I’m making a strong effort against being lazy lately. The idea of a cozy cup of spiked tea encourages me to hibernate at home and work. I take these moments to slow down and focus on my goals rather than Facebook or Twitter updates.
Although, Wikipedia has deemed it necessary to warn people not to treat their colds with a hot toddy (causes dehydration) I do think it helps a sore throat. Drink some water afterward to take care of the dehydration issue.
November 14, 2010
Some days, I know around 3:00pm I’ll be ready for a martini after work. Then I start to think, “do I have everything?” and 9 out of 10 times, I don’t have olives. To shorten the gap between leaving time and martini time I stop at Duane Reade on my way to the train and pick up a jar of B&G Olives. They may be questionable in texture and saltier than the gourmet variety but they deliver the dirty to my vodka martini.
Mixing a martini can seem daunting but in actuality it’s simple. People approach vermouth differently but my favorite technique is to pour a little vermouth in a shaker with ice.
Shake it up a little, pour out, and discard the vermouth. This coats the shaker and the ice with the perfect amount of vermouth. Then I add one half of a shot glass (about one once) of olive juice to make it dirty and two ounces of vodka. Using a jigger makes the measurements easy, the small side is a half ounce and the larger side equals one ounce. Just stir and pour. Pop in a few olives and you are done. It is really that easy.