Ok lets talk cocktails. You know I love wine, but sometimes on our days off, I like to have something before our bottle with dinner.

When we're busy but I want something just slightly sweet and oh so very boozy I really like Social Hours premixed cocktails. They. Are. Boozy. In the absolute best way. They are a cut above a lot of other pre-mixed cocktails. They taste like a bartender made it just for you. Open, serve over ice, enjoy! P.S. Its technically 3 drinks in one can so you have been forewarned.


For those nights where I want to make something myself. I really enjoy a good Hot Toddy. This recipe definitely elevates the classic.

Charred Orange Hot Toddy.

  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 slice of orange
  • Cinnamon sticks, optional, for serving


Char the Orange:

  • Turn the broiler on. Place the orange in the small skillet and transfer to the broiler. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until charred all over. Remove from the oven and cut in half.
  • Bring the water to a very low boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat and stir in the orange juice and honey and whisk until incorporated.
  • Stir in the bourbon

To Serve:

  • Divide the hot toddies between two glasses and garnish with the charred orange and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!


Bonus: A fun way to make the whole house smell amazing in the cold weather is to boil an orange and cinnamon stick together. Instant cozy vibes.

October 20, 2022 — Melissa Winkler