Adding an aromatic tea to a hot toddy gives it an extra dimension of warmth and complexity. If you can get smoked Earl Grey, the effect is insane, but regular Earl Grey is great as well. Adding a small taste of an amaro like Averna goes really well here and adds a bit of depth to the drink.
Warm a mug by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pour out the water. To the bottom of the mug, add the honey, lemons, cloves, and cinnamon. Pour in the hot tea, stir until the honey is fully dissolved, then pour in the brandy and the amaro (if using). Continue stirring until it is the right temperature for you. Best served in front of a fire or while fresh snow is falling.
Recipes reprinted from Twenty Dinners. Copyright © 2015 BY Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor. Photos by Nicole Franzen. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.