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Abbey Toddy

Abbey Toddy / Tim Nusog

"Benedictine’s rich honey and baking spices shine in this drink,” says its creator, Jason Sorbet, the beverage director at The Chloe in New Orleans. “With a high-rye and high-proof bourbon to add backbone, the Benedictine is center stage with its honey, clove, orange peel and saffron notes, while the bourbon complements it with vanilla, maple and rye bread flavors.” 

Sorbet is a fan of the herbaceous liqueur, saying it can lift the vanilla, cinnamon and maple notes found in many whiskeys, which is exactly what it does in this Toddy rendition.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Benedictine

  • 1/2 ounce Old Grand-Dad 114-proof bourbon

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 ounce honey syrup

  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Garnish: lemon wheel studded with cloves


  1. Add hot water into a footed glass mug to heat.

  2. Add all ingredients into a shaker submerged in warm water to heat.

  3. Once the mixture has warmed, discard the hot water from the mug and pour the mixture into the mug.

  4. Top with 4 ounces hot water and stir to combine.

  5. Garnish with a clove-studded lemon wheel.