According to the Irish-born Sean Muldoon, Irish people often drink whiskey mixed with ginger, honey and lemon to treat colds. This is a version of that potion. “With a bit of hot water,” he says, “it becomes a terrific toddy.”
This creamy, spiced drink honors an Irish Halloween bread called barm brack, which contains currants and raisins. Traditionally, various objects—a coin, a ring, a pea—were baked inside the loaf as a kind of fortune-telling game.
Christopher Elbow mixed up a chocolate-and-whiskey liqueur that’s creamy, boozy and delicious—straight up, over ice or even over ice cream. Elbow says, “The consensus at the Christmas party was that if we could get a liquor license, we should sell this at our shop!”