While Long Island’s own Theodore Roosevelt was known as a tough guy, he actually had a sweet tooth. Roosevelt was said to consume vast quantities of coffee each morning, each cup spiked with seven — count ‘em — SEVEN, sugar cubes. Maybe that’s where the 26th President of the United States got his legendary energy.
Whether you’re marking President’s Day, or sharing the love of St. Valentine with your sweetie, bourbon and chocolate are soul mates. A steaming mug of house-made hot chocolate spiked with Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whisky—bottled by Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow —is a sweet and luxurious antidote to cabin fever. Rough Rider Bourbon honors Roosevelt and his United States First Voluntary Calvary, who claimed victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898. But, the pairing of molten chocolate and whisky also evokes heated, sensual hints of caramel, spice and vanilla. You choose the celebration, and savor the historically decadent warmth.
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Rough Rider Bourbon Hot Chocolate
2 cups whole milk (or 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup cream for a richer consistency)
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of course salt
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces Rough Rider Bourbon
Combine milk, honey and salt in a medium saucepan and heat to scalding. Turn off flame and whisk in chopped chocolate until melted and fully incorporated. Add bourbon. Pour into mugs and garnish with marshmallows and caramel sauce if desired.
T.W. Barritt blogs at culinarytypes.blogspot.com