Smoky Scotch + Cider Cocktail

The weekend was not nearly long enough, albeit pretty productive for the both of us. We're way further ahead on our Friendsgiving game than last year. The pickles are... well, pickling and the menu is finalized. We have a pretty solid timeline of how to prep throughout the week so we're not scrambling at the last minute, which of course will happen regardless of how many lists we make. I'm already excited for the recipes we will be sharing once the festivities are over, right before we do it all over again for the official holiday with Robert's family.

There's talk of polar vortex part deux hitting these parts in a couple of days. Thanks to the skimm (highly recommended if you're a little scattered when it comes to reading the news), it was the first thing I read this morning and I'm cold just thinking about it. In comes a hot smoky scotch and cider cocktail that I'd advise trying out right around thursday, when it starts to get blustery. Smoky scotch is a must for this drink. The lemon adds a little unexpected kick, and just enough sweetness from the honey smooths it all out. Perhaps a good addition to the cocktail list at your next holiday get together. 

Smoky Scotch + Cider Cocktai
makes 1 drink

1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cinnamon sticks, whole
1 lemon peel
1/4 oz peated scotch (Ardbeg, Glenlivet)
2 oz blended scotch whiskey

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm cider, cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Stir in honey and let simmer about 5 minutes.

While cider is warming, using a heatproof glass, pour in peated scotch and roll liquid around entire glass, coating all sides evenly (this will ensure a rich smoky scent and subtle flavor). Add lemon juice and blended scotch. Pour in cider, stir and serve with cinnamon stick.