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Healthy Spirits’ Recipes: Classic Hot Toddy with Whiskey

Without a doubt we can all agree: this rainfall is much needed. As many of us are likely opting to stay indoors these nights, what could be a better warming opportunity than to break out some cocktail recipes?

The Hot Toddy is a tried and true O.G. cocktail. Not only a classic cold-buster (in case the rain takes your health down with it), it’s quick to execute and comes to life with quality ingredients.

Below you’ll find our recommended recipe for the classic Hot Toddy with whiskey. And if you come into any of our three Healthy Spirits locations, our whiskey experts will gladly connect you with a bottle of whiskey that will do this old faithful justice.

Classic Hot Toddy with Whiskey

• 1½ ounce whiskey
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ ounce lemon juice
• 1 cup hot water
• Lemon wedge
• garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise (optional)


New Releases this week at Healthy Spirits

Howdy folks, hope you’re all doing well…better than well actually.  I hope you’re doing fan-freaking-tastic!

Here’s the scoop on the new whiskies we have here at the shop.

Mckenzie Whiskey:  We have the Bourbon, Rye and Pure Pot Still Whiskey.  These are distilled in New York in an area known as the Finger Lakes and all their ingredients come form in and around the local area.

The Pure Pot Still is aged in a 53 gallon cask for 3-4 years.  The Bourbon is 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% barley and aged in 53 gallon casks with a heavy char for at least 3 years.  The Rye is a blend of 3 year finished in sherry and 5 year rye.

Blade and Bow 22 year:  We didn’t think we’d get our hands on more of these 22 year olds but the whiskey gods deemed us worthy.

From their official website: 

The award-winning Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited-release whiskey inspired by the passion and craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery.

Inclusive of whiskies distilled at both the distillery historically located at 17th and Breckinridge in Louisville, Ky. and the distillery historically located at 1001 Wilkinson Blvd. in Frankfort, Ky., this limited release offering was most recently aged and bottled at Stitzel-Weller.

Smooth and smoky, this limited-release bourbon’s taste is accented with notes of torched sugar and apples baked in honey and spices. Its aroma is one of toasted oak mixed with vanilla bean, fig and just a touch of caramel.

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named the “Best Straight Bourbon” and received the DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Bone Snapper Rye:  We’re excited about this Rye but also fearful for our bones…

Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey is a straight-forward rye made in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It is distilled from a mash of 95% rye, 5% malt, and limestone-filtered water drawn from the deep aquifers underneath Southern Indiana. It is put into barrel at just under 120 proof and aged for 24 months in new American oak barrels.

Once the whiskey is ready, 20 barrels are selected to be batched together – truly a small batch – and fresh water is added to bring the proof down to a potent 108 proof. This takes the sharp edges off the whiskey while maintaining its full flavor and power.

Bone Snapper is bottled without chill filtration and hand labeled to let you know which batch you’re lucky enough to sip.

Backbone Bourbon Uncut: Drink this stuff when Biff calls you ‘yella’ or when your disk slips.  Not to be combined with Bone Snapper Rye as that would negate the strengthening effects of this spirit.  Here’s the scoop from the horses mouth..

No two batches of Backbone Bourbon are ever the same because we only bottle in small batches to create a unique Bourbon, molded by the quality of ingredients and and the barrel in which it was aged.



4 years or slightly less


~57-58% depending on batch




70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
(NOTE: This is a sample only taken from Batch #01 as each small batch has slight variation)


Distilled in Lawrenceburg, IN
Bottled in small batches in Bardstown, KY

Garrison Brothers Whiskey:  Straight Outta Texas!  Made from #1 Panhandle White Corn harvested in 2010 from farms in Dallam County and aged 2 years in Oak.  This was a previous entry in our infamous Whiskey Club and one of my personal favorites this year.

Last but not least is the special edition Maker’s Mark with the Golden State Warriors wax job.  This juice was distilled with the ambient sounds of the Warriors winning on Youtube video loops*



*This may not be true