In our house, there is a lot of negotiating. I blame this on the fact I married another lawyer. We both negotiate and poke holes in other people's arguments for a living, so why not continue the fun at home? There is a lot of "Hey, I'll do the dishes if you walk the dog" or "I'll put Muffin to bed if you start dinner." Usually, one of us is offering to do what we're in the middle of doing anyhow. But by suggesting everything is tit for tat, the other feels like a cad if they don't step up. Hey, whatever works, right?
Last night while we were decorating our enormous Christmas tree we cut down ourselves. It's seriously 20 feet tall and quite the undertaking. Sweetie said "If you'll sweep up the pine needles I'll make us hot toddies." My husband makes the best hot toddies in the whole world, so I agreed. I would agree to do many things for one and he knows it. Well played, sir.
Anyhow, as the evening wore on I offered to make a batch if he told me what's in one. Turns out, it's actually not really a hot toddy so much as a spicy, wonderful hot whiskey drink. Details, details. Either way, now the secret recipe is all mine and I'm sharing it with you. Best part? It's SUPER easy!
Sweetie's Holiday "Hot Toddy" Recipe
4 ounces of apple cider (I'm a sucker for Knudsen's)
2 ounces of sweet vermouth
2 ounces of whiskey (we used Maker's Mark)
Dash of bitters
Heat in your Pyrex for 1.5 minutes in the microwave
Serve with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!
*Makes two small servings or one big one
**Disclaimer: this goes down a little too easy, so drink with care