Winter's upon us, and it's very cold here on the Mornington Peninsula where we're based. Crisp sunny days are interspersed with cold, wet weather. And those chilly evenings? Well, we can't think of a better way to enjoy the bush botanical flavours of Vantage than an Australian Hot Toddy!
Vantage Hot Toddy
'The perfect cold weather companion'
1 tablespoon honey
14ml fresh lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon)
1 cup/220ml hot water
1 tea bag OR loose leaf tea (use your favourite tea, English Breakfast works well)
Heat water in a tea kettle or the microwave.
Once hot, add a tea bag and allow to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes (or according to the tea's recommended brewing time) or if using loose leaf, brew for a similar amount of time in your pot.
While brewing the tea, heat your mug or an Irish coffee glass by filling it with warm water.
Once the glass is warm, dump the water and coat the bottom with honey.
Add the liquor and squeeze the juice from a lemon quarter.
When the tea has steeped, pour it into the prepared glass and stir and enjoy
To Customise your Vantage Toddy, try:
· adding a few drops of Cardamom bitters
· decorating with a zesty twist of lemon peel
· using a Cinnamon stick or a Vanilla pod (they double as a stirrer and a rustic garnish)
· dusting with some grated nutmeg
· adding a slice of fresh ginge
· adding a couple of cloves