For those who appreciate a warming beverage, the arrival of January 11 is cause for a glass-raising celebration. Designated National Hot Toddy Day by the powers in control of such things, this Sunday we’ll be toasting the delicious and adaptable drink with a version created by The Nickel restaurant, which is located in the Hotel Teatro, a boutique hotel in downtown Denver. Using gin, St. Germain, and pear brandy, The Nickel puts an innovative twist on the Hot Toddy—a drink widely believed to have originated in Scotland in the 1700s for ladies who didn’t have a taste for Scotch—that we’re sure will appeal to both fans of the traditional Toddy and anyone who enjoys a toasty, sophisticated cocktail on a cold January day.
The Nickel’s Pearfection Hot Toddy
1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Pear Brandy
1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Combine all of the ingredients into a glass, give it little a stir, and then top off with hot water. Garnish with a lemon twist or slice of pear
Keeping in the long tradition of constantly reinterpreting the Hot Toddy, we made ours (shown at top and partially concocted above) with apple and pear brandy, and garnished with a pear twist. Whether you follow The Nickel’s instructions to a tee, elect to put your own spin on the recipe, or are lucky enough to live in Denver and are able to stop by Hotel Teatro on Sunday, we hope you salute the drink’s national day of recognition in style.
The Nickel // Denver, Colorado // 720.889.2128