Burning Bush Cocktail Recipe

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Burning Bush Cocktail Recipe

Essentially an Irish whiskey version of the ever-popular hot toddy, the burning bush has whiskey instead of bourbon. The hot cocktail was created by Jim Meehan, a well-known bartender known for his work on “The PDT Cocktail Book,” among other books. Because it has a smooth flavor, Irish whiskey is an ideal choice for a toddy. It’s a simple drink, so there’s not much to distract from the whiskey, but it takes on a new life when heated, with the flavors opening up wonderfully.

Instead of honey, you may like to sweeten the burning bush with agave nectar. By adding a cinnamon stick to the glass, the flavor of the spice will slowly infused into the drink. This garnish would be an excellent addition to any hot cocktail and the warm spice would make a pleasant, though subtle, difference. For an additional hint of spice, you could top it off with a single star anise pod for a beautiful look. Any type of whiskey can be used to make a burning bush, of course. Put your favorite bottle of wine (or whatever you have open at the moment) on the grill and enjoy how the flavors pop with a little heat.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Burning Bush Cocktail Recipe is 4 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Burning Bush Cocktail Recipe is 377 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Burning Bush Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Shaker


  • Toddy glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 1 ounce honey
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 3 ounces hot water

Steps to Make It

  • Make sure you have the ingredients.
  • A lemon wedge should be placed in a toddy glass or an Irish coffee glass.
  • Whiskey and honey are surmounted by hot water, which is then poured over the lemon. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.
  • It's time to serve and enjoy.

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