Burning Bush Cocktail

Burning Bush Hot Cocktail
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The burning bush is an Irish whiskey spin on the ever-so-popular hot toddy. The warm cocktail was created by Jim Meehan, a well-known bartender, and author of "The PDT Cocktail Book," among others.

The recipe is courtesy of Bushmills, so it features their "Original" blend of Irish whiskey. That's a perfect choice because it is very smooth, easy to find, and budget-friendly. Since this drink is so simple, there's not much to distract from the whiskey and it takes on a new life when under heat, with the flavors opening up wonderfully.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place a lemon wedge in toddy glass or Irish coffee glass.

  3. Pour whiskey and honey over the lemon, then fill with hot water. Stir well.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • You may need more than 3 ounces of water to fill your glass. It's often best to heat up twice as much as you think you'll need just to be sure you have enough.
  • To keep your drink warmer longer, warm up the glass. Simply fill it with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes. Dump the water, then make the drink.
  • Bushmills Original is the base of the brand's portfolio and they have many fascinating whiskeys to try. Give this drink a taste with Black Bush (aged in oloroso sherry casks), Red Bush (aged in bourbon barrels), or one of their well-aged single malts. You will not regret giving any of them the burning bush treatment.
  • There are many varieties of honey and each has its own distinct flavors. Clover honey is a favorite for mixed drinks because it's light and offers a soft floral taste. Wildflower honey will also impart a hint of fruit. If you can find it, coffee honey would be fantastic in this drink because it is dark and rich, a perfect pairing for whiskey.

Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer, sweeten the burning bush with agave nectar rather than honey.
  • Adding a cinnamon stick to the glass will slowly infuse its flavor into the cocktail. It's a great garnish option for any hot cocktail and the warm spice will make an enjoyable, though subtle, difference. You could pair that with a single star anise pod floating on top for an extra hint of spice and a beautiful look.
  • Of course, the burning bush can be made with any brand or style of whiskey. Pour your favorite or whatever bottle you have open at the moment and enjoy how the flavors open up with a little heat.

How Strong Is a Burning Bush?

Bushmills Original is bottled at 80 proof, which is the standard strength for whiskey. When mixed into the burning bush, it becomes a relaxing 10 percent ABV (20 proof). This is a great example of how a whiskey mixed drink can actually be lighter than a glass of wine!