Gunner’s Libation: Woody Creek Hot Toddy |

Gunner’s Libation: Woody Creek Hot Toddy

by Jeanne McGovern


2 ounces WCD rye whiskey

3/4 ounce meyer lemon simple syrup

1/2 ounce ginger syrup

1/4 ounce honey

Hot water

Garnish with lemon wheel and cinammon stick

‘Tis the season — for the crud. Walk down the streets of Aspen, stroll the hallways of the local schools or just look around your office, and the signs are obvious: tissues crumpled up in waste baskets, hacking coughs in every corner, general malaise. And while I am no doctor, and I do know things like extra rest, plenty of fluids, vitamins and such will help ease cold-like symptoms, I am also a fan of the hot toddy. Just one, at the end of the day, seems to make me feel — and sleep — a bit better (but maybe that’s the booze doing its thing?). That said, one of my favorite recipes comes from Woody Creek Distillers; the combo of whiskey, lemon simple sugar, ginger syrup and honey make it feel like something my grandmother would have have made. And I do believe a bit of happy nostalgia has its healing powers.

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