For generations the weary and ailing have relied on the hot toddy as a warm remedy to soothe colds and take the chill off. Dating to the 17th century, this comforting concoction is continually customized by folks far and wide.
Celts hunker down in wintertime with the warming relief of whiskey, water and herbs. Russians blend a vodka version to fight the bite of Old Man Winter.
And now the hot toddy is especially hot. Variants of this humble cocktail range regionally, and experimentation on unique, tasty blends is heating up. Hot toddies can be crafted with a rum, brandy, vodka or tequila base, with the connecting thread being heat and sweetener.
David Wondrich, drinks correspondent at Esquire, refers to the hot toddy as “a simple drink in the same way a tripod is a simple device. Remove one leg and it cannot stand; set it up properly and it will hold the weight of the world.”
Whether you are fighting a cold or the polar vortex, settle in and wait out the remaining weeks of winter with a hot cocktail in hand. This recipe, with a base of brewed tea, is crafted to restore essential vitamins and minerals.
There’s just something about the heat, spice and sweet and sour flavors that soothes the senses and soul. Serve in a snifter, like our Fashion Monogrammed Brandy Glass, the sleek and sophisticated stemware that’s dishwasher safe.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
Makes 1 drink
5 ounces hot brewed Earl Grey tea
2 ounces B&B Liqueur
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
In a snifter, stir the tea with the liqueur, lemon and orange juices and honey. Garnish with the ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.
Get inspired by more cold remedies on Pinterest.
The master suite: your home’s private retreat. It’s where you get invigorated for the day or unwind before bed. And true to any five-star experience, it’s sure to be stocked with products for pampering.
Perfumes, cosmetics and indulgent linens transform your bathroom into a personal resort. But for most of us, bathroom necessities quickly overtake built-in bathroom storage.
Before you find yourself with an overflowing vanity and unruly cabinets or closets, tame the chaos. Find a place for everything … with the all-encompassing Belmont collection.
From the shower to the vanity, the configurable Belmont collection offers storage solutions fit for any space.
Dazzling vanity trays showcase your perfumes, makeup and jewelry. Finial-topped étagères and bath carts present fresh linens. And a rolling valet serves as a tub-side caddy for books, soothing candles or even a glass of wine.
The best part? Every piece coordinates, so you can update your bath with ease.
Brilliant in both form and function, Belmont brings thoughtful design to the master suite. And behind the beautiful aesthetic, you’ll find smart details and quality construction.
The Belmont Showerhead Caddy features an innovative mounting system that prevents swaying or tilting. The towel racks are designed with longer bars to accommodate towels of any size – including our extra-large Resort collection. And rust-resistant finishes ensure every piece will retain its luster for years to come.
Discover the elegant utility of Belmont … and find a place for everything with an array of options to fit your space. Shop the Belmont bath collection and create your own well-appointed bath. And explore our Spa Style Pinterest board for relaxing, rejuvenating ideas for your master suite.
Scientists have proven it: many shades of blue (especially a deep sky hue) cause the release of 11 tranquilizing hormones in the brain.
Whenever a person gazes on a patch of blue, it’s heaven. Baby blue to deep marine, all the glorious blues in the spectrum not only calm the mind and soothe the psyche, they help focus attention and cognitive skills.
Blue is busy working its magic on the minds of home and fashion style gurus, too. Pantone®, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, InStyle and more have christened blue a trend for 2016.
Is it any wonder our outdoor collections sing the blues so beautifully?
Creamy light blue edged in white relaxes like wisps of clouds in the sky and froth on the ocean.
Saturated and dramatic or tranquil and uplifting. Color connoisseurs are talking a blue streak about the hue of the moment. Discover the ocean of blues in our latest outdoor furniture collections and on Pinterest.
Literally a desert oasis, Palm Springs has always beckoned with its own brand of charisma.
In the 1940s, innovative architects broke nearly every rule, blueprinting midcentury modern design here. In the ’60s, Hollywood glitterati flocked here to pool-hop and party. And recently, a fledgling music festival has been luring nearly 200,000 revelers to the Coachella Valley every year.
Is it any wonder Palm Springs cast its spell on us too? We chose it as one of the locations for our 2016 photoshoot … and we were thrilled to see our outdoor furniture against the backdrop of its dazzling midcentury homes and towering mountains.
We’d definitely recommend you put Palm Springs on your bucket list. And to get you started, here are a few ‘musts’ to squeeze into the itinerary.
Start at Ernest Coffee (1101 N. Palm Canyon Drive). Formerly known as the Don the Beachcomber Restaurant in the ’50s, this coffee bar has tiki torches outside and a view of the mountains from the outdoor patio. By day, it serves fresh baked pastries and all manner of caffeine. Consider coming back in the evening when the alcohol is uncorked. You must be 21 or over to walk in.
The best way to immerse yourself in the midcentury and modern architecture this town is famous for is through Palm Springs Modern Tours. Be sure to reserve your place online, because there’s a limit of six guests per tour.
You’ll start at the Palm Springs Visitor Center (2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive), an Albert Frey-designed gas station with a spectacular, soaring roofline. Three hours later you’ll have seen dozens of masterworks by the most visionary architects of the 20th century; heard quirky, inside stories about the Hollywood royalty who lived in them; and vicariously experienced a little of the party lifestyle of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.
If a three-hour tour is not for you, but you still want to hit Palm Springs’ architectural highlights, get the Palm Springs Modern app and take a self-guided tour. You can center your sightseeing in a single neighborhood or several. We highly recommend Twin Palms (Frank Sinatra’s residence) and the Kaufmann Desert House.
After gazing on this city’s most opulent homes, it might be nice to come back down to earth for lunch at Jake’s (664 N. Palm Canyon Drive). Dogs are welcome to dine with their owners, and in fact Jake himself is the owner’s West Highland Terrier. It’s a relaxed and easy environment serving hit-the-spot salads, sandwiches, and a Bloody Mary made with horseradish-infused vodka.
Did we say come back down to earth? Well, it’s time for liftoff again. Hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for an unforgettable view of Mount San Jacinto and Chino Canyon. Board the tram at the Valley Station, and try not to hold your breath for the 10-minute, 8,516-foot ascent. The views of this pristine wilderness are magnificent, especially from the tramway’s rotating cars.
A daily occurrence here between 4 and 6 p.m., Bootlegger Tiki (1101 N. Palm Canyon Drive) puts on a novel and kitschy happy hour. Featuring rum-based drinks like Mai Tais, Daiquiris and Blue Hawaiians, this bar has the same owners as neighboring Ernest Coffee, where we started our day.
Finish this jam-packed 10 hours with a leisurely dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Bar (800 N. Palm Canyon Drive). Start with the shaved Brussels Sprouts. Then linger over a 22-ounce Iron House Ranch ribeye for two, or a cacao-dusted elk chop. Talented chef Michael Beckman changes up the menu per the season with delicious results. Workshop is the perfect end to a day spent exploring Palm Springs, the coolest spot in the California desert.
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