It’s August in the Bay Area—time to turn on your heater! Yes, while everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere is donning their bikinis and working on a tan, we’re bundled up in our winter’s finest hoping for a glimpse of the sun above the fog.
To best replicate the sweat pouring down the faces of our friends in New York, D.C., and Alaska, pour some burning hot, spicy, alcoholic liquid down your throat. If this doesn’t make you break into a sweat, I can’t help you.
Summer Hot Toddy
2 Thai red chilis
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
4 ounces habanero-infused bourbon (we need high gravity drinks to get us through the cold season)
1 cup boiling water
1. First, put the chilis, lemon, and honey in a big ass mug. Take the back of a wooden spoon and muddle until the chilis have split open and start to emit their spicy aroma. Stick your nose in the cup and sniff hard. Are your eyes watering? Good.
2. Pour the bourbon into your mug and stir until the honey dissolves. Bonus points if the spice is making you cough.
3. Add boiling water and chug immediately.
4. Sweat, cough, cry. Afterwards, enjoy your buzz.