January is a cold, bleak month sprinkled with sniffles. Warm up and fight off free radicals with a hot toddy, a drink commonly made with whiskey or bourbon, lemon and ginger ale.
BLUE WATER GRILL
If you're feeling like an antioxidant kick will serve you well mid-winter, go for the Superfruit Hot Toddy at Blue Water Grill. This concoction has Jim Beam whiskey, agave nectar, lemon juice and something a little unexpected—green tea. Who says a cocktail can't be healthy, too?
Blue Water Grill 5180 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids
SALT OF THE EARTH
Warm up with a classic Hot Toddy at this American eatery that serves a local and seasonal menu. The recipe is simple: Four Roses bourbon, lemon and clove. And as this cocktail proves, simple never tasted so good.
Salt of the Earth 114 E Main St., Fennville
BUTCH'S DRY DOCK
Enjoy a gourmet spin on the Hot Toddy at Butch's. The bar serves up apple cinnamon bourbon made in-house with a splash of apple juice, whipped cream and cinnamon—making for a cozy post-dinner libation.
Butch's Dry Dock 44 E 8th St. #100, Holland
It goes by the name Brown Butter Tea, but not to worry, all the essential ingredients are here. A unique twist on the classic, Terra's will warm your belly with brown butter-infused bourbon, Michigan maple syrup and ginger beer.
Terra 1429 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
THE PYRAMID SCHEME
The Pyramid Scheme warms you up with a slew of featured hot drinks, every Sunday in January until 9 p.m. For example, the Chai Hulund, which is chai tea with cinnamon whiskey, Irish cream and a splash of spiced rum with brown sugar spiced simple syrup. Call ahead or stop in and be surprised.
The Pyramid Scheme 68 Commerce, Grand Rapids