And to all a good nightcap
Forget the Yule log: The best old-school holiday traditions come in a cocktail glass.
Hot toddies, a simple concoction of sugar, a brown liquor such as bourbon, Scotch or brandy, and hot water—or tea, if you must—have been rejuvenating tired holiday shoppers for hundreds of years. But it took until the mid-19th century before someone got the bright idea to drop a lemon peel into the cup, and the whiskey skin was born. That lemon imbues every sip with a warming citrus note, transforming the drink from a simple quaff to a complex healing potion. Paul McGee at the Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-227-3530) offers up this antidote to the cold through the end of the month ($8).
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