One of the richest and most warming drinks available, brandy combines the heat of a distilled spirit with the warmth of great wine. And why not add to its warming power by mixing it into a great warm cocktail designed expressly to create a little romance as thoughts turn toward ice and snow? The sweet richness of a brandy toddy brings forth a host of spices and flavors, incorporating oolong tea, lavender, vanilla and citrus in a mixture sure to cure whatever may ail you. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Fluid ounce brandy
  • 5 Fluid ounce simple syrup
  • 4 Fluid ounce boiling water
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried lavender
  • 2 inch x 2 inch piece of orange peel
  • 1 Tablespoon Oolong tea

Preparation

Step 1

Add the dry ingredients to a cheesecloth sachet and put in the bottom of a snifter or mug.

Step 2

Add the rest of the ingredients over the sachet and let it steep until fragrant.

Step 3

Remove the sachet, give the drink a hearty stir, kick back and watch the fireworks. They'll be well worth the effort.