Whiskey cocktail

It’s like a warm sweater, but whiskey

When temperatures dip into too-cold territory, you have a few options.

Putting on another diaper is a classic choice, and your mom would approve of it.

You can still make a fire, provided you have a chimney or fireplace or burning materials nearby.

But when you just can’t get rid of that winter cold, there’s only one solution: a hot cocktail.

This proven remedy will warm you deeply. Or at least help you forget about the elements for a while.

Sweater Weather is an aptly named drink that combines Australian whiskey with fresh lemon juice and apple cider, plus a few embellishments that bring a little more flavor and flair to your drink. The recipe comes from Judy Elahi, corporate bar manager of 101 Hospitality, the Washington DC-based group behind Michele’s, Baker’s Daughter and Gravitas. Here’s how to do it.

Sweater Weather Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 ounces Starward Two-Fold Australian Whiskey
  • 0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce secret spice syrup*
  • 1.5 ounces apple cider
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes of pink salt syrup**
  • Garnish: apple slices dipped in grated nutmeg

Combine the lemon juice, secret spice syrup, apple cider, bitters and salty syrup in a saucepan. Heat over very low heat until simmering. Off the heat, add the whiskey and stir. Pour into a heatproof mug, garnish with apple slices and serve.

*Secret spice syrup

  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part water
  • 1 pinch of Espelette (or sweet or smoked paprika)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of Sichuan and pink pepper
  • 1 pinch of Aleppo pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to combine. Leave to cool, filter the spices and store for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

**Saline syrup with pink salt

  • 2 parts Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 dose of hot water

Combine both ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cool and use in cocktails.