Hot Winter Drinks at Finger Lakes Distilling


Those of you that have been brave enough to venture out in the snow and cold to visit us the last few weeks, have been rewarded with the opportunity to sample our spirits in a small, hot toddy to warm you up. Many of you have asked for the recipes for these delicious hot cocktails, so they are posted below. We will continue offering a hot drink throughout the next month or so, so come out to visit.

The Hot McKenzie Scarf

Cinnamon, cloves, cranberries, and apples are all favorites of the Holiday Season.  Combined with our rye and cassis liqueur, this hot drink will warm your throat, like a soft, warm scarf.

½ cup McKenzie Rye Whiskey
½ cup Finger Lakes Distilling Cassis Liqueur
5 drops Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters
2 cups fresh apple cider
4 short cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves

Place all of the above in a crock pot set on low and heat for an hour. 


HOT McKenzie Whiskey Walnut Sour

1 ½ Cups McKenzie Bourbon
3.4 Cup Maple Jack Liqueur
15 Drops Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
*¾ Cup Stirrings Simple Syrup
Juice from 2 lemons and cinnamon sticks

ADD all ingredients (except cinnamon stick) to a sauce pan.  Warm just short of a boil – pour in cup and add the stick.


HOT Tea-dy

 2 Tbsp Finger Lakes Distilling Brandy
16 oz. sweetened tea
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

HEAT to almost boiling, enjoy.


Irish HOT Chocolate

3 Cups milk
¼ Cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/8 Tsp kosher or sea salt
3 oz. milk chocolate chips
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
4 drops Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters
2 Tsp vanilla
3 oz. Amaretto
4 oz. McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey
tiny marshmallows

Put milk in a sauce pan and heat.  Add the next 6 ingredients and whisk until chocolate is melted.  Do not boil.  Add vanilla, Amaretto, and the Pure Pot Still.  Stir and serve.  Top with tiny marshmallows. 


HOT Jack Toddy

1 PART (our award winning) Maple Jack Liqueur
4 PARTS apple cider
To Taste – Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Combine Maple Jack and cider in a sauce pan, heat, but do not boil.  Serve with a drop or two of Black Walnut Bitters.

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