Introduction: Hot Jenever Toddy
The Hot Jenever Toddy is based on a classic Hot Toddy or a Hot Gin Toddy. The full herbal flavor of the liquor complements the spices typically added to these beverages and works well with both honey and sugar.
Jenever is a strong hard liquor distilled from maltwine and a blend of botanicals (mostly juniper berries). It is the predecessor of gin. Depending on which variety you try, the flavor is usually complex, spicy, and/or floral. Jonge Jenever is frequently used for mixed drinks. Oude Jenever is smooth enough to sip alone; I would liken it to drinking a single malt Scotch although the flavors are quite different. There are also a variety of Jenever schnapps.
Jenever is (I believe) only produced in the Netherlands and can be difficult to obtain internationally. Try looking for Bols or asking at a specialty liquor store.
Step 1: Obtain Your Ingredients
1 1/4 oz Jonge Jenever: Jonge Jenever is usually a bit cheaper than Oude and is intended for mixing (although it can be drunk alone).
2 oz Hot Water: Boil on the stove or in the microwave.
1 tsp Sugar or Honey: Depending on your taste. The sugar results in a sweeter toddy while the honey one tastes spicier.
1 Cinnamon Stick to garnish
Heat Resistant Goblet or Mug
Step 2: Build Ingredients
Add your ingredients to your heat-resistant glass in order: Jenever, hot water, and sweetener of choice. Stir and garnish with cinnamon.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Enjoy your warm beverage with a plate of Speculaas cookies.
Tip: If you don't have glassware specifically for hot beverages like this, mix the beverage in a heat resistant mug. When the liquid has cooled a little, pour it into a more attractive glass. Avoid really delicate glass or very cold vessels. I use a short stemmed glass. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Variations: Try other toddy styles by adding lemon juice or other spices. Jenever can be used in place of gin in nearly any cocktail.