Hot Toddy Day

Old Barney Toddy

Who knew? Apparently, January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day!  I turned to The Gentlemen’s Companion by Charles H. Baker, Jr. for inspiration.  In the section on hot drinks, he writes of a “hot helper” based on Applejack called The Jersey Lighthouse.

We met the Jersey Lighthouse sitting in the back room of a small New Jersey inn one horrid winter night, with William Faulkner, Tony Sarg’s puppet maker Bil Baird, and Eric Devine, our sailing mate on the MARMION. … Into a tumbler place 2 lumps of sugar, a dash or 2 of Angostura, 3 or 4 cloves, a spiral of lemon peel.  Onto this pour 2 jiggers of ancient applejack, fill with boiling water, float on 1 tbsp applejack at the last and serve blazing merrily.   Those who read Bill Faulkner’s Light in August renamed the drink Light in February.

I fiddled around with it a bit and came up with an Applejack toddy I’m calling The Old Barney Toddy.  Growing up near the Jersey shore, the lighthouse that I was most familiar with was the Barnegat Lighthouse, otherwise known as “Old Barney”.

Old Barney Toddy

  • 2 oz. Laird’s Applejack
  • 3/4 oz. spiced simple syrup (or to taste, I like it a little on the sweet side)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Bitters
  • 1 tbs Applejack to float

Mix first 4 ingredients in a mug and fill with boiling water. Float 1 tbs Applejack on top and set ablaze.  Garnish with clove studded lemon peel.  A perfect drink for a frosty San Francisco winter night. Well, chilly at least.

Old Barney (Flickr: thisisbossi)

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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