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Whiskey Wednesday: Hot Whiskey Drinks to Warm You Up

By December 23, 2009

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Just in time for those cozy, holiday nights when you curl up next to the warm fire place, we have a couple of new hot cocktails to share.

Both of these drinks are variations on old-time favorites, but it is my infatuation with Hot Toddies that made Jacob Grier's Chamomile Hot Toddy catch my eye. In this drink Grier has taken a favorite (and inexpensive) bourbon and added two soothing flavors, chamomile and lavender. It is a fantastic rendition of the toddy that will have you chilled out from the holiday stress in no time.

The other hot drink that Lance Mayhew brought to us this week is "The Best Hot Buttered Whiskey" and if you love a steaming mug of Hot Buttered Rum you will love this one. As far as choosing the "right" whiskey, Lance has some suggestions that fit a variety of tastes. The single malts options are too intriguing to resist.

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December 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm
(1) Frank N. says:


As the “guide” to cocktails here, I am surprised you would endorse the use of super premium single-malt whiskies as suitable for spiced, buttered drinks.

While one should use premium mixers and ingredients, in concoctions such as this which disguise rather than showcase the flavor of the liquor, ordinary “well” brands should be used.

IOW, keep the Crown Royal corked and open the Seven.

December 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm
(2) cocktails says:

I really disagree that the cocktail is made only to mask bad liquor. Sure, it once was used for that purpose but we’re living in a time where we have really good stuff to mix with. Why can’t a premium spirit be made to enhance the cocktail no matter what that drink’s base is?

If you want to mix single malts do so. If not, don’t…

December 24, 2009 at 1:37 am
(3) Kevin says:

Well said, Colleen. Great cocktails are made with great spirits, great mixers and fresh ingredients. Good liquor, when paired well, can hold its own even in drinks with strong spice flavors like hot buttered rum or whiskey.

December 24, 2009 at 10:11 am
(4) John Taylor says:

Hi Colleen, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for a year of wonderful spirits! JT

March 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(5) kay says:


i just saw you website on Google, and I already bought these on http://www.buy-snake-wine.com but i wonder where to find other snake related products, any idea ?

Thanks for your help.

March 9, 2011 at 11:23 am
(6) cocktails says:

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