Drink of the Week: The Nor’easter

Oh no! Anything but snow!

This is the only Nor’easter that we don’t mind.

Drink of the week - Nor'Easter

This drink of the week recpe comes from the folks behind the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey, where they sure know how to make a killer bourbon cocktail, like this Nor’easter.

The Nor’easter cocktail puts a Southern twist on one of our past Drinks of the Week the Dark and Stormy.

Let this delicious beauty accompany your next Netflix session as you wait out the cold weather this winter.

 

The Nor’easter Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Bourbon
  • 2 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1+ Ounce Lime Juice (To Taste)
  • Lime Wedge
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Whiskey Glass

 

Preparation

The Nor’easter cocktail: Combine Maple syrup, lime juice, bourbon and ginger ale in a cocktail shaker (Tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a Tervis Tumbler with a tight lid to do this step). Shake it up until well mixed. Chill in the freezer for 2–4 minutes, until very cold. Strain and pour over ice, then garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 
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How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy via the Brio Smart Life Blog

Drink of the Week: Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Winter wouldn’t be the same without a Toddy

This Drink of the Week entry was inspired by Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman, and in honor of the late Alan Rickman. He will be missed by so many, Always.

How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy with lemon and honey

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to beat the cold this winter, and to watch your favorite Harry Potter movie(s). It is also a favorite cold remedy for its soothing effect on those who are feeling achy and congested.

In fact, hot toddies have been used for decades as a folk remedy for the common cold. Why you might ask? Well, alcohol dilates your blood vessels, making it easier for your mucous membranes to fight off your cold/infection. Combined with the steam power of hot tea, lemon, and honey you have a deliciously sippable decongestant.

Hot Toddies have been a family natural cure-all for generations. My mom makes these whenever someone in the house has a chest cold or a sore throat. It’s kind of like magic. The tea warms you up while the honey and whiskey soothes and helps you sleep.

According to the Hot Toddy experts, the type of whiskey you should use depends on your symptoms: Use bourbon if you’re just treating congestion or a sore throat, or use Irish whiskey if you have a persistent cough.

I prefer my hot toddies to be made using a strong black tea. Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea is heaven with a splash of Jameson, but Earl Grey makes a good choice as well. This is just my go to, but many types of tea pair very nicely with Whiskey. Ginger tea adds an extra spice palate to the mixture that will warm you up, especially when you pair it with an American whiskey.

This is how you make a fantastic Hot Toddy!

 

In Tribute of Alan Rickman

“The ones who love us never really leave us…” Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman.

 

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Black Tea Bags
  • 1½ Cups Boiling Water
  • 1-2 Ounces of Whiskey
  • 4 Tbsp of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Honey (For Optional Sweetness)

Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Coffee Mug
  • Tea Cup

 

Preparation

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy: Bring water to a boil in a kettle, or place the mug in the microwave for 1 to 1½ minutes. Remove the water from the heat, and add in the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for about 3-5 minutes, then add whiskey and lemon juice. Stir together, and add honey to taste. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15.6 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) <1 Sodium (mg) 7

How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy with Lemon and Honey

 

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Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

This classic fave never goes out of taste.

This Drink of the Week: the Dark and Stormy is an American classic cocktails that you will want to make for all of your friends.

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy combines spicy ginger beer and dark rum together for a taste sensation that makes your taste buds happy. The Gosling Brothers loved it so much they trademarked the name Dark ‘N’ Stormy, and created Gosling Black Seal Rum as the perfect pair for ginger beer.

Dark and Stormy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 2 Ounce Dark Rum
  • 3 Dashes Lime Bitters
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Highball

Preparation

Dark and Stormy: Fill highball glass with ice. Combine the bitters with ginger beer, and pour into the glass. Next, slowly pour the dark rum on top to create the “stormy” effect. Lastly, stir to combine and garnish with lime wedge. You can squeeze the lime wedge into the drink for an extra limey kick.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 208 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 20 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20.4 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9.6

 

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Drink of the Week: Kir Royale

Time to ring in the New Year with this Drink of the Week!

Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? Try our Drink of the Week: The Kir Royale.

Drink of the Week: Kir Royale Cocktail

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne. Kir Royales differ from Kirs, a French apéritif’ – meaning to be drunk before a meal, in that they are made using Champagne, rather than the Aligoté white wine.

In France, this cocktail tends to be expensive, so it is reserved for special occasions. This combination of champagne and Crème de Cassis has become an iconic favorite in France and around the world. For this Kir Royale cocktail, we used Briottet Crème de Cassis which makes a great pair with classic dry champagne. This French cocktail is sure to be a party pleaser with its sweet profile and notes of dark currant. Here’s to a very Happy New Year, Cheers!

 

Kir Royale Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Dry Champagne
  • 1/2 Ounce Crème De Cassis
  • Lemon Twist for garnish (optional)
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Champagne Flute

 

Preparation

Kir Royale: Pour 1/2 oz of Crème De Cassis into the bottom of the Champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne, and garnish with the lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne.

 

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