Tito's Winter Warmer
- 2 oz vanilla-infused Tito's (see recipe)
- 1.5 oz spiced honey syrup (see recipe)
- 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice (do not use juice from concentrate)
- 2 oz hot water
Mix all ingredients in a coffee mug or similar container, adding the hot water last. Stir to incorporate ingredients.
This is a delicious take on a traditional hot toddy, but with infused Tito's Handmade Vodka instead of bourbon, for those that love their vodka.Garnish:
Vanilla-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka recipe:
3 whole vanilla beans (split open to expose the flavorful seeds inside)
750 mL bottle of Tito's Handmade Vodka
Put whole vanilla beans in the Tito's bottle, pouring out a little bit (drink it, don't throw it out) to make room for the beans if necessary. Recap and leave at room temp for 5-7 days, shaking the bottle once a day or so to agitate the infusion. If the vanilla is too strong for your taste, add more vodka. If you'd prefer more vanilla flavor, either add another bean and infuse for another 5 days, or cheat and add a few drops of real (not artificial) vanilla bean extract. This infusion will keep for a very, very long time.
Spiced Honey Syrup recipe:
1 cup of honey
0.75 cup of hot water
3-4 shavings of orange peel without the pith that are about 1 inch in width (They're called horse-collar twists to the bar world. Use a peeler for these; its easier than a knife.)
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches long)
15-20 whole dried cloves
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, heat until mixture simmers, stir, turn off heat and let steep for 1-2 hours. Pour entire mixture into a glass bottle for storage and store in the refrigerator. Strain when adding syrup to a cocktail.
Float three cloves in the glass and an orange twistGlass:
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