Tis the Season: Delicious Winter Weather Whiskey Drinks
Whiskey and Bourbon are like a good pair of jeans. They go with almost anything. That winter wonderland is right around the corner and while many people in places like Chicago or Denver would argue that ours is not very much of a winter at all, it’s still gets chilly! They’re just jealous that we can enjoy winter drinks at the patio bar even in late October. Here at Crown and Eagle, we like to explore all the exciting possibilities that come with every season, so we thought we’d take a look at some winter weather whiskey ideas.
Let’s begin with a classic.
The Hot Toddy
This one never gets old and there are actually a few variations of it. Some people might call them Whiskey Skin. It is comprised of Scotch whiskey, hot water, citrus, plus a dash of sugar. It might also contain apple cider vinegar, lemon, and/or honey. It seems that citrus and whiskey are a match made in heaven. They compliment each other very well. It’s such a soothing combination that if you’re suffering from a cold or flu, you can make yourself a non-alcoholic (if you can imagine it) hot toddy to soothe a rough throat and lungs.
Directions: First heat the water and bring it to a soft boil. Pour it into the cup, add whiskey, 2 teaspoons of honey and lemon juice. Stir until the honey has melted into the water. Garnish with some orange peel, lemon peel, or cinnamon stick.
The Old Fashioned
This is a great drink year round, but it seems just that much more tempting in the winter. Enjoy it in the frosty weather on the patio bar or your living room. Another classic, the Old Fashioned uses Bourbon, simple syrup (demerara, brown sugar), Angostura bitters, and 1 orange peel. There are also variations to this recipe. You can also use one sugar cube instead of syrup.
Add two teaspoons of syrup to an old-fashioned glass, pour the shot of bourbon, and add ice. Stir gently until the level and liquid equalize. Add the orange peel as a garnish. If using sugar, make sure to melt the sugar with a teaspoon of warm water first before you add the rest of the ingredients.
This one might be best enjoyed in the morning after you had too many Hot Toddies or Old Fashions the night before. Or, if you’re a coffee type of person, you might enjoy this with a little pastry or treat on a cold and windy evening. This drink requires Irish whiskey, brewed hot coffee, and lightly whipped heavy cream.
Pour hot coffee into your glass until it is about ¾ full. Stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar until it is completely dissolved. Then add the magical whiskey and stir slightly. Finally, top with a layer of the heavy cream by slowly pouring.
Add a Kick to Winter
If you feel like getting into the winter spirit, try one of these amazing drinks! Did we mention that Crown and Eagle has Whiskey Wednesdays every week. We have $4 Crown, Jack, and Jameson. We take whiskey seriously around here! Enjoy winter at our patio bar, come inside, listen to some great tunes, and play your luck at our weekly poker games. We always have something going on.