We’re launching a fun new feature here at SB today. Every now and then, look for us to pop up with A Playlist, A Cocktail and Some Shoes. I don’t know about you, but most Friday nights, I’m just exhausted. I want to snuggle up on my sofa, prop my feet up, have a cocktail and listen to some music. I may have a book, I may just think back about the week, or I may just BE. These posts are tributes to that state of mind.
For all the bootie lovers, this is not your time. You need more. This is knee-high boot weather. Single digits have invaded the South, and we have six to eight weeks more of winter. No bare ankles. No tights. We need pants tucked into boots and about 10 coats piled on top of each other. At the end of the day, get a fire going either in the fireplace or, if you don’t have a fireplace, light a ton of candles. Turn the lights off. Prop up those boot-clad feet and let them de-thaw.
My cocktail of choice for this Friday night: a warm libation of bourbon, honey, lemon juice and a cinnamon stick. This always soothes my sore throat, and let’s hope it kills any virus threatening to invade — my gosh, there are a lot of sick people out there. If you want to make this hot toddy, here’s how:
Cold Weather Hot Toddy Recipe for Two
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup bourbon or whiskey
- large strips of lemon peel (I usually peel a good half-inch-wide strip from the top of the lemon to the bottom, or 2-3 inches in length)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Dissolve the honey in the hot water and divide into two mugs. Divide bourbon between both servings. Twist a lemon strip over each drink and then add. Finish off by stirring it with a cinnamon stick, and leave it in the drink. Serve. If you make another, continue to reuse the cinnamon sticks.
After the cocktail is made, sink into your sofa and listen to the playlist below. It’s made up of Alabama artists with the exception of Sugar & The Hi-Lows, who hail from Mississippi. Turn the lights off, stare at the fire and sip. Let your mind go. It’s Friday night.
Now, there are some of you who will do all this and then get up and go out. God bless you. I’ll be heading to my flannel sheets. I’m not opening that door one more time. Brrrrrrrr. Stay warm everyone!
We have playlists available both on Spotify and on iTunes: