A stop at Vena's Fizz House in Portland is always an experience. Owners Steve and Johanna Corman look at mixed drinks - alcoholic or not - as experiments.
Steve once taught science, and he incorporates a lot of that into his mixes behind the bar. We stopped by for a holiday cocktail, The Tiny Tim Toddy - made hot and cold.
2 oz Sebago Lake Distillery Original Rum
.75 oz Royal Rose Cardamom-Clove simple syrup
1 oz squeezed lime juice
2 drops cardamom bitters
4 drops Dashfire Old Fashioned bitters
For a cold toddy:
Shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass, and add an ounce of seltzer. Stir.
Add a large hunk of ice, garnish with lime wedge & mint.
For a hot toddy:
Add all ingredients into a pan, careful not to boil the alcohol. Once warm, pour into your favorite mug and garnish with an orange slice or some nutmeg.