Gunner’s Libation: Woody Creek Hot Toddy
2 ounces WCD rye whiskey
3/4 ounce meyer lemon simple syrup
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
1/4 ounce honey
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.
“2023 predicted to be the Vintage of a Lifetime in Napa Valley,” proclaimed the headline this week in a press release sent out by the Napa Valley Vintners, the trade organization that represents the growers and producers in America’s most famed wine region. If there is anyone more optimistic than winemakers, it is the group that represents them.