Writing about food and drink is an awful lot of fun under most circumstances. But a recent assignment from Edible Chicago magazine to do a roundup of warm winter cocktails -- made with local ingredients -- made the Benenson “test kitchen” a very happy place.
What made the project even better with that the recipes for the drinks were volunteered by five local or regional craft distilleries: Koval (Chicago), Few (Evanston, Ill.), North Shore (Lake Bluff, Ill.), New Holland (Holland, Mich.) and Templeton (Templeton, Iowa).
A preview of the piece, featuring the curiously named Monsignor Gretteman’s Cough Medicine using Templeton Rye, was previewed in an Examiner.com piece published Jan. 31.
And now, with plenty of winter left to spare, the entire article is available online at Edible Chicago’s website, by clicking on the “Our Latest Issue” tab and leafing to page 34.
The recipes include the aforementioned Monsignor Gretteman’s drink with Templeton Rye, Italian liqueur and herbal tea; the Liquid Scarf, a whipped cream-topped hot chocolate and bourbon concoction from New Holland; a Spiced Hot Toddy based on North Shore distillery’s aquavit, a caraway-flavored liqueur of Scandinavian origin; a simply delicious spiced apple cider and bourbon from Few; and a Warm Winter Toddy that combines Koval’s whiskey and ginger liqueur with herbal tea.
If you want even more winter warmers, check out the links below to posts by other Examiner.com writers. And if you have great suggestions of your own, please share them in the comments. There are inquiring minds and thirsty souls that want to know.
Winter recipes: Hot toddy (Aaron Vanek)
Keep warm with toasty winter cocktails (Christina Kalinowski)
How to make a hot toddy (Grace Yang)