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Ingredients: Bourbon, lavender, lemon, ginger, honey
Our take: Tart and throat-soothing, this take on a hot toddy was floral and bright. Using sweeter bourbon helped lighten the profile of the drink, while honey added wildflower notes to the mix.
Drink: Hot Toddy
Ingredients: Bulleit bourbon, honey syrup, hot water, lemon, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon stick
Our take: Boozy, soothing and tart, the cocktail is perfect at the end of the day. Cinnamon lends a little spice, and orange notes add depth to the citrus flavors typically dominated by bright lemon.