Move over, whiskey, Averna is the star of this delicious hot toddy.
Why this recipe works:
- Averna's flavors of baking spices, citrus, and caramel complement the earthiness of a simple syrup flavored with black pepper, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
- Using a low-ABV amaro for the base is a great option to offer guests looking for a not-so-boozy drink.
- For the Spiced Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 ounce Averna
- 1/2 ounce spiced syrup
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
- 4 ounces boiling water
- Lemon peel for garnish
For the spiced syrup: Combine water, brown sugar, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to simmer, stirring, and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for an hour and a half. Strain and store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
For the cocktail: In a heat proof mug, combine Averna, spiced syrup, lemon juice, and boling water. Garnish with lemon peel and serve immediately.