It’s Time for a Hot Toddy.

With views of floating flakes, snowcapped peaks, and pristine white trails, the gang at Heck’s Tavern is scooping a little less ice, stoking a few more fires, and filling a lot more mugs. While many are rightfully celebrating the onset of ski season, we’re raising our cups to another time of year we adore – hot toddy season.

Although many people refer to any warm cocktail as a hot toddy, the traditional beverage is a blend of hot water, lemon, honey, and spices with a shot (or two!) of brandy, whiskey, or rum. Its origin often disputed – some point to India while the Brits cry foul – the hot toddy can be traced back to the 18th century pubs of Scotland and northern England where patrons battled the bitter, damp winters by sipping the warm, spicy concoction.

With its higher water content, an authentic hot toddy is more hydrating than a mulled wine or cider, which made it a popular remedy for the common cold when it made its way to North America in the 1800s. But there’s no need to wait for a sniffle to put the kettle on and break out the brandy. The nip in the air is reason enough!

Although there’s nothing cozier than curling up in front of a warm fire at Heck’s Tavern with a hot toddy, hot buttered rum, or Irish coffee, these soothing, steamy cocktails are also the perfect way to kill the chill on the many sunset sleigh rides you’re sure to take as a resident at The Ranches. While the wintry scenery will warm your heart, the mixologists at Heck’s have a delightful selection of piping hot beverages to keep you and your guests warm across our 6,500-acre winter wonderland. Get ready to grab your mittens, grab a mug, and tingle all the way.


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