La Grande Bulleit Marnier

December 22, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Makes one hot toddy
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!

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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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  • Lizthechef
  • lapadia
  • hardlikearmour

12 Reviews

boulangere February 17, 2013
Absolutely grand!
lapadia February 18, 2013
Here's to you, B!
inpatskitchen February 17, 2013
Bourbon and Constant Comment? Tom will LOVE this!
lapadia February 18, 2013
Cheers, IPK!
Lizthechef January 6, 2011
In case you miss this, you totally deserve that EP - thanks, Liz
lapadia January 6, 2011
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!
lapadia December 22, 2010
Hmmm, great minds, maybe that is a PacNW "thing" :)
hardlikearmour December 22, 2010
This looks really good.
lapadia December 22, 2010
Thanks, hardlikearmour, similar in taste (the orange flavor) to your Toddy!
hardlikearmour December 22, 2010
I think orange and bourbon work really well together. Maybe it's a great minds think alike thing ;)
thirschfeld December 22, 2010
can hardly go wrong with Grande Marnier and Bulleit, looks tasty
lapadia December 22, 2010
Tasty, indeed. Thanks!