Almond Chai Hot Toddy at Amore Victoria: Melt cares away with this drink of the week
Fend off Old Man Winter's icy grip when you wrap your hands around this spicy toddy.
Almond Chai Hot Toddy Amore Victoria $9 ($7 during happy hour)
With temperatures plummeting below zero, the weather is practically daring you to go out once the sun goes down. Don't let weather win! Skate your way down the sidewalk to a dimly lit Italian bistro, preferably one with a healthy dose of quaint rustic-chic decor and Frank Sinatra crooning over the speakers to melt your stone-cold heart. Amore Victoria fits the bill, with warm service, a warm seat by the bar (no small feat), and a hand-crafted warm drink like the Almond Chai Hot Toddy to give you a much needed respite from the land of 10,000 slid-through stop signs and wind chill advisories whipping outside the door. See also: Bluegrass Beer at Mason's: A bourbon-laced, blizzard-proof drink of the week
To create this piping hot mug of liquid comfort, the minds behind the bar at Amore Victoria start by infusing brandy with almonds to create a sweet, nutty liqueur, perfect when paired with house-made Chai syrup. A little lemon juice, topped off with hot water, and you've got yourself a chill-proof tipple. What sets this cocktail apart from the standard toddy is the blend of spice, to be sure; but also some kind of magic must have happened when the whole almonds mingled with the brandy because this toddy has a beautifully buttery mouth feel.
Go on, cozy up and forget your troubles. With two hands wrapped around your Almond Chai Hot Toddy, things will feel a little sweeter, lighter, and brighter. The perils of the outside world shrink away with each sip of this lemon-laced libation; the dead batteries and frozen pipes will be all but forgotten in the glow of this cozy neighborhood spot. Why not make the moment last and stay for two? Ask about the mulled wine and keep your fingers crossed that there's a cup left with your name on it. There's nothing out there a hot, boozy mug of something strong can't cure.
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