I know it probably seems strange for me to post a drink called the Fall Toddy on the first of June, but it is currently 48°F and raining in Boston, so I’m just not in the mood for a sour. It is mostly a sense of indigence that is keeping me from turning on the heat, so I’ll bundle up and pour myself a hot drink.
1 oz apple brandy (Laird's) 1 oz New England rum (Bully Boy) 0.5 oz cranberry vodka 0.5 oz simple syrup 2 dash Jerry Thomas Bitters 4 oz boiling water Combine all ingredients in a mug
Comforting and smooth with a spice and complexity. The cranberry vodka is a homemade infusion. I don’t really have a precise recipe, I just start making spiced cranberry sauce, only add a small amount of sugar (a couple tablespoons instead of a couple of cups), transfer it to a bottle and top off with vodka.