The nights are longer and the central heating keeps getting tweaked. It can only mean one thing – winter is almost here! It’s the time of year where we love nothing more than spending the evening snuggling under blankets in front of an open fire, whilst we sip a warming whisky and enjoy pleasant conversation.
But what’s your tipple? What is your favourite drink during the colder months?
For us here at Grim’s Dyke, with the Harrow Whisky Festival on the way, we couldn’t let the winter months pass without writing a post about whisky inspired hot drinks! So, here’s our rundown on three absolute classics.
#1: The Hot Toddy
I’m sure all adults have heard of the hot toddy! Although recipes vary, the hot toddy is essentially liquor, water, honey, herbs and spices. Traditionally it was used to ward off the cold, cure colds and flu, and even as a general pick-me-up!
The hot toddy has an unclear history. For some, it originated in Scotland and, of course, demanded the use of Scotch whisky. Whilst for others, it was created in British-occupied India. No matter where it’s origins, the basic recipe is the same – put a generous drop of whisky in a glass, add hot water, followed by a teaspoon of honey (or sugar). Optional additions include grated nutmeg, a stick of cinnamon, or a slice of lemon.
#2: Irish Coffee
Consisting of 2 parts Irish whiskey (or rum), 4 parts coffee, 1.5 parts fresh cream and a teaspoonful of brown sugar, Irish coffee has been around for over 100 years. Although there are various coffee cocktails, this one is a firm favourite. The trick for Irish coffee is to have the coffee hot and the cream very cold!
If you want to make a traditional Irish coffee, you’ll need to use Irish whiskey and thick cream – such as double or whipping. Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar until all of the sugar has dissolved – but don’t let it boil. Transfer to a heat-resistant glass or Irish coffee mug. Pour the cream onto the back of a teaspoon whilst holding it just above the surface of the coffee. You’ll want to gradually raise the teaspoon as you pour until the entire coffee is covered.
#3: Whisky Tea
Of course, for all the tea drinkers out there, you’ve not been forgotten! Our final warming whisky drink is hot whisky tea. Drinking tea is not only a quintessentially British past time, but it’s also one of the nation’s favourites. So why not mix some whisky in there?
Simply make your tea as usual. If you’re using a tea bag, we recommend leaving it for a minute or two to steep. Then add your milk and sugar as normal – followed by a generous glug of whisky.
The winter months may now be here, but these three classic winter warmers are always a great hit. The only remaining question is whether you should stock up on the Irish or Scotch whiskies!
The 7th Harrow Whisky Festival
If you’re a whisky lover and would like to try out the different assorted whiskies, make sure you check out the 7th Harrow Whisky Festival! Being held here at Grim’s Dyke on the 12th and 13th of January, this two-day event is always incredibly popular. Tickets are now available and we recommend you book early, to avoid disappointment. You can check out the details and book your spot, by visiting the Harrow Whisky Festival website.
Head on over to our blog post about the festival for further details and to book your place.
Other Spirits will also be available at the festival.