This is weird weather here in New Orleans – our daily low temperatures in November typically range from 49°F to 57°F. Yesterday, it almost reached 80 degrees F; tonight it is down to 40 degrees.
After walking the dog tonight, I decided to make myself a hot toddy to warm up from the inside out. There are just so many choices – hot buttered rum, honey lemon bourbon, apple brandy, etc, etc. Standing in my kitchen and staring at the many boxes of tea, I decided to do a tea based toddy. I’m also Southern so it needed bourbon and, when I think bourbon I also think about mint juleps. Perfect!
1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 mint tea bag (I use Plantation mint)
1 oz. bourbon
Make a brown sugar syrup by combining brown sugar and water and bringing to a boil. Pour into a mug to warm the glass up.
Infuse mint tea in a cup of boiling water for about 4 minutes.
Pour bourbon into mug with brown sugar syrup, stir to combine. Fill up mug with mint tea. Garnish with mint leaves, if you have them.