Polar Vortex on Mid-Week Mixers

Polar Vortex on Mid-Week Mixers

A polar vortex is a persistent, large-scale cyclone that circles either of the planet’s geographical poles.

Mug of CocktailI don’t know about you – but this winter weather is coming a bit too soon! Every time I turn on the television and hear Al Roker  say “polar vortex,” I want to run for cupboard.

That’s right; I didn’t say ‘run for cover’ but run to the cupboard! You probably have everything you need in your kitchen to make this warm, tasty cocktail when an arctic blast comes your way. My advice? Don’t wait for the cold weather, enjoy one of these delightful drinks today.

The Polar Vortex Cocktail is similar to a Hot Toddy, so make sure you have a nice large mug to hold all of this warm yumminess!

Ingredients for One Cocktail

3 oz. Makers Mark bourbon

2 dashes cinnamon

1 dash allspice

2-3 drops vanilla extract

1 tsp. brown sugar (possibly more based on the sweetness of the bourbon)

3 drops agave nectar or honey

6 oz. hot water

Cinnamon stick and lemon peel for garnish

Add all of ingredients, except the hot water and agave nectar, together in a mug. Stir and add the hot water. Slowly add 3 drops of agave nectar and stir. Rim the mug with lemon peel and add to drink as a garnish. Add cinnamon stick for garnish if available. Note: Make sure to stir the cocktail occasionally with the cinnamon stick to mix the spices that have settled on the bottom of the mug. This reinvigorates the flavor of the spices in the drink.

Many thanks to the Old Town Social in Chicago for this recipe.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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