Rum and Peach-Tea Grog
At their most basic, grogs are steamy beverages made from rum, boiling water, and honey or another sweetener. While they’re traditionally served as a curative for a head cold, when you jazz them up with other flavorings—such as the peach herbal tea and lemon juice in this recipe—they make a festive, uplifting drink to enjoy with friends around the fireplace on a cold night. I especially enjoy serving grogs as the kick-off to a winter fondue party.
For each cocktail:
1 teabag peach herbal tea (such as Celestial Seasonings “Country Peach Passion”)
8 ounces boiling water
1 1/2 ounces amber rum
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons honey or more to taste
Lemon slice for garnish
Steep the tea in the 8 ounces boiling water. In a mug, combine tea, rum, lemon juice, and honey to taste. Garnish with a lemon slice.
After skiing, skating, or sledding, invite everyone in from the cold with a Rum and Peach-Tea Grog and one of these recipes:
- Artisanal Cheese Fondue
- Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Dip
- Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip
- Swiss Cheese Appetizers
- Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
- Cheese Puff a la Julia Child
Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.