Here in Edinburgh, Scotland it's been pouring rain all day. By pouring I mean...
...really pouring. We went for a long walk during a deceptive sunbreak to my favorite spot in Leith, a beautiful old cemetery in a churchyard. We'd just had breakfast and were admiring the gravestones from the 1800's when a few drops fell, then more and more and more. Our attempt to hide under the protection of a tree were in vain, I grabbed my muddy baby and walked as quickly as I could, through the sheets of rain back to the flat. By the time we made it to the front door we were drenched down to our knickers/nappy (as they say here). A quick change into mid-day pajamas and we were ready for a cozy afternoon. Gwyn went down for a afternoon nap that was cut short by the thunder and lightning storm that came through, with thunder and hail so aggressive that it set off the car alarms in the small lot below our apartment window.
When the season change is hinted at, or in today's case, is right in front of me, I adore a hot toddy with ginger. I love few things more than curling up on the couch to watch a good movie with a steaming hot toddy in hand... it's actually something I look forward to all summer long when it's too hot out for my favorite cocktail. This summer, however, I got clever and devised a plan to make a cold version of a hot toddy. After a few experiments I came up with a refreshing, sparkling cocktail that has all the same great flavor as my hot toddy. Perfect for sipping at sunset on your porch or enjoying in the garden. As the end of summer closes in and autumn looms ahead, there's still plenty of time for toddys... whichever fits your fancy.
You can also try my Thai Hot Toddy if you like!