Tuesday, February 3, 2009

scotch toddy

1 1/2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength
3/4 oz Bergamot Simple Syrup
Hot Water
Lemon Oil

Served in a glass mug that looked like a junior version of one of those old root beer mugs places used to give away as a promotion.

I was intrigued by the bergamot simple syrup that Misty used in Fred's first cocktail, the Chartreuse Swizzle. Drink buys the rather expensive little bergamot fruits and uses both the zest and juice for the simple syrup. The result is a drier orange flavor relative to a regular orange. Misty said that she likes to mix it with a nice smoky scotch in a toddy. After I'd drained my Tennessee, I decided that this would be my hot drink choice for the evening. As we waited for more hot water, I was unable to resist the temptation of the duck drummettes on the nibbles menu. As I wolfed these down (NOM NOM NOM, watch your fingers), the sweet, rich barbecue-like sauce paired very well with the scotch-n-citrus cocktail. At some point, the gentleman who had initially greeted us came in to announce the SuperBowl status with less than 23 seconds left. It sounded like it was an exciting game. Especially for the chef who'd made my incredible duck drummies - he'd won the football pool and came out of the kitchen to celebrate.

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