Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Smoked Unicum Hot Toddies

I love Hot Toddies.  To me, there is nothing better than a warm, boozy toddy with that zip of lemon and the sweet homey taste of honey to make winter just melt away.  I always think Hot Toddies taste better at home, there's something about curling up into a ball under a cozy blanket with a big mug, and watching the snow fall outside.  It's really the best.

But sometimes you need a shake up: and the Smoked Unicum Toddy will do just that.  Made with Unicum Plum liqueur (sister spirit of the Hungarian spirit Zwack), smoked with Mesquite wood chips in a hand held smoking gun, and sweetened with a dash of Luxardo cherry liqueur; this Toddy might have you wishing that winter will stick around a bit longer than planned.

Smoked Unicum Hot Toddy
Created by Gastronomista

3 oz Unicum Plum Liqueur
1/2 oz Luxardo Liqueur
6 oz Hot Water (Slightly Cooled Boiling Water)
Cinnamon Stick
Whole Star Anise


PolyScience Smoking Gun
Mesquite Wood Chips


Pour desired servings of Unicum Plum into a decanter or a large jar with cellophane on the top.  Set up decanter with hose of smoking gun inside of the decanter.  If using a jar, poke a hole in cellophane and insert the tube.  Fill Smoking gun with a generous pinch of Mesquite Wood Chips, turn on internal fan, and light with a lighter.

Let vessel fill with smoke, and then seal.  Stir gently, mixing the smoke molecules with the spirit.

In your desired serving mug build the cocktail, starting with the Luxardo, then Smoked Unicum, and top with boiling water that has cooled.  Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a whole star anise.

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