Hot Toddy with Cherries and Limes
2-inch-long piece lime zest
4 dried cherries
1 teaspoon raw sugar
2 ounces rye (or other dark spirit)
6 ounces boiling water
This is a classic hot toddy (1 part dark spirit to 3 parts boiling water, sweetened) with a few tweaks. I used rye instead of the typical bourbon or whiskey, raw sugar instead of white, and throw in a few dried cherries and some lime zest to scent the drink. It's a revitalizing antidote post-snow-shoveling, or post-holiday-anything. By the time you reach the bottom of the mug, the cherries are plumped up and boozy.