Calling all Powder Hounds. New Hampshire is the ultimate destination for winter thrill-seekers, and even established skiing as its state sport in 1998. After a brisk run on the slopes, you deserve the quintessential apres-ski brew, a piping hot toddy. Firefly’s Bistro in Manchester, N.H., serves up the perfect marriage of belly warming bourbon with freshly brewed mint tea and sugar, creating a hybrid that delivers the best of all seasons.
Prepare syrup by bringing both ingredients to a boil in a heavy sauce pan over high heat. Stir to dissolve and when mixture just begins to boil, reduce to simmer and allow to cook for five – six minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
Constructing the rest of the drink is easy. For the two drinks, bring 10 ounces of water to a boil. Pour directly into heat proof glasses or mugs and place a peppermint tea bag in each; allow to steep for about four minutes.
Remove teabag; add 1½ oz. bourbon to each glass/mug and stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon twist.