Cold? You Need This Mezcal Hot Toddy


This hot toddy will warm you up with flavors from south of the border. [Photograph: Nick Guy]

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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a hot toddy from a mezcal bar plays with more spices than just classic clove and nutmeg. At The Pastry War in Houston, Bobby Heugel brings together big flavors with smoky mezcal, herbal-anisey Green Chartreuse, spicy ginger beer, and mole bitters. The cocktail will get you through one more snowstorm on its taste alone, but the thoughts of a Mexican sun certainly don't hurt.

It's a drink in balance, with no single flavor overpowering the others. A little sweet agave nectar helps to tie it all altogether, and mole bitters give it a dry chocolate note. And while it's not a bubbly drink, the effervescence of the ginger beer gives the Remontel Toddy an extra kick and tingle on your tongue.

This warm drink is a great use for mezcal, and the one Heugel uses, Mezcal Vago Elote, is particularly tasty. The smooth spirit has undertones of sweet citrus; it's infused with roasted sweet corn for a week and then distilled a third time, and though the corn flavor isn't necessarily obvious, the mezcal has a richness that helps support its smoky flavor.