Excerpted from the post originally appearing on the Virginia-Highland Civic Association website on December 14, 2012:
Now what to serve? Normally, we would start the evening with cocktails; a favorite being gin and tonic. So in an “Ah-Ha” moment, we decided on “Gin Toddies” a sophisticated spin on the seasonal Hot Toddy to go along with artisanal cheeses and some homemade pizzelles, torrones and amaretti.
Hot Gin Toddy:
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup boiling water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 ½ oz. favorite brand of gin
Put a teaspoon of sugar in a heat proof glass or mug and add boiling water. Stir briefly to dissolve sugar and then add gin and lemon juice. Stir to combine and garnish drinks with your choice of cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, star anise, or lemon slices.
Mix, drink, repeat! Happy Holidays!!