If you’re reading this I’m in sunny and beautiful Palm Springs, California by now. The night before we left, however, was a mere 32°F with mixed rain and heavy snow. It’s safe to say I was ready to hop on that plane! I teamed up Talbott Teas for this post to show you how I stayed warm this February with my delicious Lemon Meringue Hot Toddy using one of their teas!
Talbott Teas offers an exotic and extensive array of gourmet tea flavors to suit any mood or occasion. Characterized by their rich flavors, vivid colors, and soothing aromas, Talbott Teas’ premium tea blends provide a sophisticated playground for the senses. Masterfully blended and made with hand-selected, whole tea leaves, their specialty teas are full-bodied, suffused with subtle yet complex character. Their Luscious Lemon Meringue was the perfect addition to one of my favorite Winter beverages.
Lemon Meringue Hot Toddy, serves one
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. Licor 43
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey
top with Talbott Teas Lucious Lemon Meringue
garnish with a float of toasted Swiss meringue*
*Swiss Meringue Topping
2 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
First, make your meringue. In a saucepan, bring two inches of water to a low simmer. In a clean heat safe bowl, place the egg whites and sugar and mix them well with a whisk. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan with barely simmering water and mix continuously. This is important as the whisking prevents the egg whites from cooking.
Stir the egg whites and sugar with the whisk for about 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites become creamy white in color. Remove the eggs from the double boiler and immediately start whisking the egg whites with your stand mixer, to make the meringue. Whisk on high for about four minutes until the egg whites have tripled in volume and have stiff peaks. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. You can store this in an airtight container until ready to serve. You can also make this ahead of time as it will keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Making your cocktail is the easy part because all you have to do is brew your tea and assemble. Add bourbon, Licor 43, lemon juice, and honey to a serving mug of your choice and top with tea.
Finally, top with meringue and toast it using a torch. This was really fun and was actually my first time making meringue or using a kitchen torch. I can’t wait to use it for other things!
This is probably my favorite Hot Toddy of all time as a matter of fact. Licor 43 adds a nice vanilla flavor which makes this drink a lot like having a piece of real lemon meringue pie. The lemon meringue tea from Talbott Teas adds fresh herbal notes of lemongrass which is bright, refreshing, and aromatic. Adding fresh lemon juice balances the sweetness in this drink and is a key ingredient to making a classic hot toddy in addition to honey.
The icing on top of the cake, or in this case the drink, is what really brings everything together, the Swiss meringue. It’s beautiful, delicious, and makes this Lemon Meringue Hot Toddy the perfect dessert drink to warm you up on those chilly February nights. I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram so you can have a chance at winning some Talbott Teas of your own. You have to promise if you win that you will make this Lemon Meringue Hot Toddy though. Good luck everyone and I hope you’re keeping warm. Spring is just around the corner! xo