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Yes, it’s that time of year here in Tampa and Ye Mystic Krewe of the ‘Jose Gaspar’ has kidnapped the Mayor…or do they rescue him/her? Who knows – who cares. It’s Gasparilla !!! This year our ‘cousin-in-law’ who lives in the swanky spot of Tampa called Davis Island, (*sigh*) invited us to come down and watch the festivities and help them stumble around the island from the flotilla to the parade route. Sounds like fun.

Let’s check the weather…hmmm…a high of 59 and a morning low of 50?!!! What the what!!!??? No vodka tonics this go ’round. This calls for a signature concoction. I bring you – The Gasparilla Toddy.(I’d call it the ‘Jose Gaspar’, but it’s not ususally cold this time of year and it’s probably already someone’s TradeMark)…anyway.

Get it together,…it’s Tampa so I thought I’d use rum. Then I thought,…’Not when we have Mr.Rye in the house’!

Gather your goodies,…

 Who’s Mr. Rye? Oh,..Mr. Rye is from the Kozuba Brothers Distillery in St.Pete. Yes, St. Pete. My sister is a whiskey/bourbon drinker and huge fan. Gotta check ’em out and pick up a bottle sometime. 

Mr. Rye

She stopped by some time ago and we had a sample…smooooooth.

I broke out the bottle and off I went…

…but why is the Rye gone?! (don’t ask)

It goes a little somethin like this: Makes 1 large drink, so share it.  

Gasparilla Toddy

3 oz. Bourbon / Whiskey or Rum (to taste – about 2 shots)

4Tbl Honey (Honey Feast, sort of local)

3 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 or 3 Slices of Lemon rind (or orange – this is Florida!)

1/16th tsp (a dash) Fresh Ground Nutmeg

2 Tbl. (1/2 shot) JD Tennessee Fire (or Fireball)

1 or 2 Cinnamon sticks

6 – 8 oz Boiling Water

Everybody in

Get everything into a heat friendly glass, top with boiling water. Stir and enjoy

The rye bottle is empty for sure.

This is pretty delicious. Later in the day, it may warm up. I think we’ll take along some mixers, because this would be awesome cold over ginger beer! Are ya feelin’ it ?!

Cures what ails ya

All ready – tomorrow I’ll warm up that thermos, fill it with my new liquid treasure and off we go! Aarrrrrrr Shiver me timbers – 50 degrees ? Bring it !!!!

Gasparilla Toddy
What you need for a chilly pirate invasion
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz. Bourbon / Whiskey or Rum (to taste - about 2 shots)
  2. 4Tbl Honey (Honey Feast, sort of local)
  3. 3 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  4. 2 or 3 Slices of Lemon rind (or orange - this is Florida!)
  5. 1/16th tsp (a dash) Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  6. 2 Tbl. (1/2 shot) JD Tennessee Fire (or Fireball)
  7. 1 or 2 Cinnamon sticks
  8. 6 - 8 oz Boiling Water
Instructions
  1. Get the first 7 ingredients into a tall glass, and pour in the boiling water. Stir to combine. Make sure the honey melts.
  2. Enjoy.
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