It’s hard to find hot drinks that aren’t based on coffee or chocolate. It’s also hard to find the origin of this one, though it might be named for a bar in North Carolina… or it might not. The recipes for it are very consistent, though, so odds are strong that it’s a recent invention.
The first drink recipe made here by your humble host was Hotscotch, which remains a favorite at the Villa on cold evenings, spring nights, and whenever a guest wishes to sip their dessert. Allow me to introduce you to another cocoa-based beverage, a bit less on the sweet side. It’s been cold around here lately, so it seems like a good choice.
Whereas last week featured one of the best tasting shots ever, this one features one of the worst. Why? It’s not so much to balance things out (I do not believe in a balance between good and bad) but to demonstrate why different drinks come out the way they do.
Not the cartoon critters, but the original drink. Well, not really the original drink either, since its originator (Jerry Thomas) made it in batches that measured eggs by the dozen, and we’d like to maybe scale it down a bit.
Winter seems to be ebbing quickly at the Villa but hanging on fiercely at the villas of many friends, so it seems the perfect time to make something warming! Let’s do this eggnog variation and enjoy the weather from the correct side of the window.
There are drinks with rich and lavish histories, which tempt me to become one of those food/drink-historian bloggers I enjoy so much. The Bishop would surely feature prominently in a chapter on mulled drinks, for example, and the interrelated beverages which would populate that chapter are both intriguing and difficult to untangle without jumping from recipe-based blog post to actual book chapter – or at least an extended essay masquerading as a blog post! I shall, as ever, try to restrain myself.
It tastes like a treat for the kids.
Depending on where you are, autumn is either nicely underway or in need of some help getting started. In either case, it looks like a nice day for an Irish Coffee.
The toddy is one of the earliest named drinks, and like others of its time (Collins, Flips, Daisies, etc.) has varied an awful lot along the way. Continue reading
On a properly wintery evening, this is often my drink of choice. The “buttered” part tends to cause consternation in those who have not had it. Never let kneejerk reactions get the better of you! It has a very long history as a hot drink ingredient, and for good reason. In this case, it provides a wonderful, smooth topping to sip the rum through, and you will eventually find that it is one of the drink’s chiefest virtues.
Still trying to figure out where to begin. Let’s start off by mixing up a drink. Always a good beginning. I’d say it’s about the right time of year for something cozy, no?