This is the sort of drink you will feel like you have earned after you finish shoveling out tomorrow.
This is also a drink reknowned for its curative properties, and I have made good use of it in many a cold and flu season. If the first one doesn't fix whatever's wrong with me, I drink another one and stop caring.
I prefer Irish or bourbon to Scotch in these -- something about the smokiness never seems to fit -- but have also made them with Canadian when necessary. Really, you use what you have on-hand.
Tradition dictates that I inform you that you don't really need the cloves. Or the hot water. Or the sugar. Or the lemon...
- A small spoonful of sugar
- Half a lemon
- Three or four whole cloves
Pour some water into a small pot and drop the cloves in. Bring it to a boil on the stove and boil to 10 minutes.
Pour two fingers (three if you've got skinny ones) of whiskey into the pint glass. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon half and stir in the sugar.
When the 10 minutes are up, pour the water into the pint glass, straining out the cloves.
Drink carefully so as not to burn your tongue -- never let the cure become the cause.