This cocktail was created by Ashley Gilbert, head bartender at Lumac Rooftop Bar in Bristol, Va. “This smooth and warming cocktail is the ultimate libation for crisp fall evenings,” Gilbert says. “A fruity twist on the classic Hot Toddy, this unique rendition is very similar to drinking a hot tea.” Recipe makes 12 servings.
- 2 ¼ cups Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack (or other Tennessee whiskey or bourbon)
- 3 quarts hot water
- 6 oz. maple syrup
- 6 oz. blackberry jelly
- 3 oz. concentrated lemon juice
- Blueberries or blackberries, and lemon wheels cut in half for garnish
Two to four hours before serving, add all ingredients except whiskey to a Crock-Pot set to high. Stir every 10 minutes for the first half hour, until the jelly dissolves completely. Before serving, add whiskey and turn Crock-Pot to low to keep the mixture warm. To serve, pour into a Hot Toddy glass and garnish with lemon and berries.