Warm up with a Hot Bourbon Milk Cocktail
With more cold and rainy nights ahead, I thought what better way to warm the heart and soul than with a hot toddy.
As a child I recall when my mom would serve me warm milk before bedtime. The warm milk relaxed my body, and my eyes became heavy. So I’ve created the adult version of this drink with some spices and a little kick. Try my warm cocktail that tastes just as comforting as when you were a young child. This is the perfect hot toddy after a day of skiing or outdoor hiking.
I concocted this recipe using a sample of Lagrima vanilla, made in Seattle by Neil and Rebekah Beam. They get single-source organic vanilla beans from places like Uganda and use vodka, bourbon and rum for their extracts.
Hot in the Kitchen – Hot Bourbon Spiced Milk
½ cup whole milk
1 shot bourbon
1 teaspoon Lagrima vanilla (bourbon extract)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 star anise pods
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for five minutes, occasionally stirring it. Remove from heat, and pour mixture through a small, fine mesh sieve or colander and serve in a brandy glass or coffee mug with a cinnamon stick.