By Warren Bobrow
There are a couple of marvelous products available that bring the early ages of cocktail creation back into the present day. These are the products named Snap and Root. Snap is a liquid driven ginger snap and Root is what Root Beer tasted like before they took all the fun out of it.
Both products are made using USDA Certified Organic ingredients. Root is made of anise, allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, spearmint, lemon, smoked black tea, wintergreen, clove, orange, nutmeg, sugar cane and birch bark. Doesn't that sound inviting? Snap is made of blackstrap molasses, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rooibos tea, vanilla and pure cane sugar. I'm getting thirsty just thinking of these delightful liqueurs in a cup of hot tea.
Fact is, I've had the most powerful cold for the past week. It just swept me off my feet. Suddenly I couldn't taste anything and the cold sweat seemed to come out of every pore in my body. I couldn't get warm and strong medicine was necessary. Please meet Root and Snap.
I'm the kind of person who would rather unlock the past through healing preparations rather than trot down to the doctor for drugs, so into the liquor cabinet I went. First the proper water needed to be boiled. If you live in the city, your water is pretty good. My water is sourced from a well and is packed with minerals that leave a green haze on almost everything, due to the acidity of the water interacting with the copper pipes. I think that the water in a cocktail is one of the most important ingredients. If your water tastes like chlorine, the entire drink will be ruined, no matter what you do! May I suggest using a Mavea "Inspired Water" pitcher? This marvel of German engineering takes your formerly unpalatable water and turns it into a thing of rare beauty. My Mavea filter imparts a certain softness to each precious sip of water.
So, may I suggest boiling "Inspired Water" for your hot Toddy? I think you'll be very pleased. Also, and no less important, may I suggest making a couple trays of ice with the Mavea water? They freeze nearly crystal clear. How is that for making a statement in your glass?
Root is an authentic recreation of the root teas of olden times. Folk medicine practitioners to heal all sorts of maladies in the body originally prescribed Root teas. I'm not saying that Root will heal my cold, but given the ingredients it couldn't hurt. And with an alcohol content of 80 Proof, well, you know what that means... a nice fuzzy feeling. After all, part of getting sick is getting better. I tend to feel better after getting a bit fuzzy. At least it makes going to sleep easier. Easier sleep means less complaining.
Snap tastes like a German Gingersnap cookie - or in this case the Amish Lebkuchen. The healing ingredients like ginger and cinnamon put the kibosh on colds like nobody's business. If you are thinking medicinal bitters, you're more than half-way there.
Hot tea is the analgesic mixed with Root and Snap. If you want to make the drink a bit sweeter, may I suggest using pure cane sugar or raw honey? You'd never want to use a corn syrup sweetener on this mug full of healing. It would defeat the purpose!
• Hot Tea
• Mavea Filtered Water
• The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
• Raw Honey or Pure Cane Sugar
1. Preheat a stout mug with boiling hot water, and then pour out
2. Add a tablespoon of Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
3. Add 1 oz. Root
4. Add 1 ½ oz. Snap
5. Top with the hot tea
6. Adjust sweetness to taste
7. Add a pat of butter over the top if desired for a certain savory character
I'm going to tell myself to feel better with this hot toddy!
Cheers from DrinkUpNY!
Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys.