La Grande Bulleit Marnier

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Author Notes: Black tea blended with orange rinds and sweet spices, a favorite of mine, Constant Comment. Ruth Bigelow developed her blend based on a popular recipe from Southern colonial America and reported chatter amongst friends and their guests; “Ruth, your tea caused nothing but constant comment,” gave Mrs. Bigelow a name for her creation!

During the chilly holiday season I stop by Pikes Place Market to warm up with my favorite hot tea combined with orange liqueur. This toddy kicks it up a bit; a perfectly spiced, holiday libation, and if you need an excuse any other time of year, hot toddy is believed to have a curative effect on a sore throat and the sniffles...Cheers!
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Food52 Review: Having forgotten to buy Constant Comment, I used Trader Joe's Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea, which I thought an acceptable substitute. The lemon juice came from my Meyer lemons. I made two versions of this hot drink, one with the bourbon and one using just the Grand Marnier. Both were warming and not overly sweet. Being a lightweight, I shared the "full strength" toddy with my husband. Thumbs up! Lizthechef

Makes one hot toddy

  • 3 ounces Bigelow Constant Comment
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar (or honey, optional)
  • 1-1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  • Lemon or Orange for garnish
  1. Make a teapot of Constant Comment Tea, keep it warmed.
  2. In a teacup stir and dissolve the tea, lemon & agave.
  3. Stir in the Bulleit Bourbon and the Grand Marnier.
  4. Garnish.
  5. While sipping, add tea to keep the toddy warm - optional.
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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This would be great with your cake!! Lovely warm drink.

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almost 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oooh, yes, it certainly would. And would that we could all sit down together and toast to each other!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

A toast to nostalgic orange-spiced tea, bourbon, chocolate and above all, friendship…the greatest refreshment in life!

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almost 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You've said it all.

Dscn2212

almost 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Absolutely grand!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Here's to you, B!

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Bourbon and Constant Comment? Tom will LOVE this!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Cheers, IPK!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

In case you miss this, you totally deserve that EP - thanks, Liz

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Thanks again, Liz! Oh, and yes I am from the PacificNW, have a nephew that moved to San Diego last year and hoping to get down that way sooner or later!

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Hmmm, great minds, maybe that is a PacNW "thing" :)

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almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This looks really good.

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Thanks, hardlikearmour, similar in taste (the orange flavor) to your Toddy!

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almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I think orange and bourbon work really well together. Maybe it's a great minds think alike thing ;)

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

can hardly go wrong with Grande Marnier and Bulleit, looks tasty

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Tasty, indeed. Thanks!