Something Special for the Holidays This is a loose framework for a Hot Toddy, one that blends beautiful warm flavors together. This recipe can be refashioned in an infinite number of ways using: a quality loose-leaf tea, spices or flavor additives that compliment said tea, a sweetener, a liqueur, and a base liquor. Try green tea, mint, cucumber, ginger liqueur, and gin. Hibiscus tea, lemon zest, cointreau, and vodka. There are so many possibilities to make this cocktail classic your own. THE COMFORTABLE EARL serves 4 Combine in the bottom of a 34 ounce French press: 4 tablespoons loose-leaf Earl Grey tea 12 green cardamom pods, burst 2 star anise 4 whole cloves 1 stick cinnamon Orange slice, quartered 12 whole allspice Combine in the bottom of a mug: 1 tablespoon raw honey (add more or less to taste) ?2 ounce honey liqueur 1 ?4 ounce spiced rum 3 ?4 ounce dark rum 3 Maggie Rupert, mixologist from the Mother Earth Group, is re-introducing the Hot Toddy. To ring in the festive mood for the evening, guests are greeted with a Hot Toddy. 36 PEACHY Heat four cups of water to boiling and add to french press. Let steep for four minutes and press. Pour over contents of mug and stir to combine. Garnish with orange twist. Serve.