Put down the beer, hide the Zima (Although still one of my favs) and let your friends polish off the warm tequila. It’s the playoffs, and its time you found a gameday beverage deserving of the moment. Luckily, we got you covered.
When you think of football beverages, you probably think of cheap beer right? If you are one of the sophisticated ones among us maybe you sip a below average Bourbon out of a red solo cup. Well, here at Hi-Top Table Athletics, we think of things a little differently and choose a different libation to enjoy while watching our team trot to Minnesota for a shot at an unprecedented sixth championship. And no, there is no avocado included. (That’s next week)
I’m talking about Whiskey. Good Whiskey. Because what’s more American than football and Whiskey? Nothing. Well not in this case. Whether you are on the couch enjoying some game day snacks, or tailgating in the parking lot getting fired up to watch your team live, this is the cocktail that we recommend to take it all in. Of course, I’m talking about the Hot Toddy.
The Hot Toddy is a classic drink. A little sweet, a little sour, and a little strong. The drink has origins in other countries, but legend has it that the Revolutionary War was the point where we in America finally put down the cheap beer and solo cups for the first time and started to drink Hot Toddy’s. Specifically, before a battle, giving them a little liquid courage. Of course, we made it our own by switching out the Brandy (which was tradition) for Whiskey.
How fitting as we head into this weekend of battles between divisional foes that the Hot Toddy makes it debut. As you can see there are many reasons why the Hot Toddy is the perfect gameday cocktail. Not only will it warm you up and get you ready to fight along with your team, it might give you the courage to predict a 100 yard passing game from Blake Bortles, or perhaps another music city miracle (this time in Foxborough) Most importantly, it might help you erase the memories of the 40 year old GOAT marching up and down the field on your beloved team like the handsome, hydrated leader we here in New England have come to love.
There are many versions of the Hot Toddy, but here is ours. Simple and good.
1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon. (Good Bourbon, don’t be cheap!)
1 tablespoon honey.
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
1/4 cup boiling-hot water.
Garnish with lemon and cinnamon stick
Stay warm and Enjoy! Go Pats