Colts Neck Toddy Cocktail

  • Serves

    makes 1 cocktail


This warming drink gets a bittersweet accent from Cardamaro, a cardoon-flavored digestif. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with our article Flaming Cocktails.


  • 1 oz. apple brandy, such as Laird's available at Drink Up NY
  • 12 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. maple syrup
  • 12 oz. Cardamaro
  • 18 oz. decanter bitters, preferably Bitter Truth Jerry Tomas' Own, available at Chelsea Wine Vault
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 12 oz. barrel-strength bourbon, preferrably George T. Stagg, available at Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants


Step 1

In a tempered-glass mug, stir together brandy, juice, syrup, Cardamaro, bitters, and 3 oz. hot water. Stud lemon slice with cloves and add to mug. Float bourbon on top; ignite.

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