Being the big supporter of the arts that she is, Brandy was recently helping out at a rehearsal for an armature opera group when one of the lead sopranos began to croak quite unbecomingly. "I think I'm coming down with a bit of a cold," the girl said, coughing a little after attempting to belt out a high G. Quickly, the musical director, costume designer, and several members of the chorus began berating the girl with advice. "You need honey!" one shouted. "You need tea with lemon!" said another. "You need a shot of whiskey!" slurred someone from the back of the room. "I've tried it all," sighed the girl, "But everything just seems to irritate me throat more and more."
This was one when Brandy piped up. "How are you drinking these things?" she asked. The girl looked confused. "All together," she said, "No no, my dear. What temperature?" The girl furrowed her brow. "Well, hot of course." "There's your problem," Brandy responded, shaking her head, "I'll be right back." Returning to her own home, Brandy pulled several things from her fridge; a bottle of honey infused whiskey, some lemon infused iced tea, and a cup of Lindy's Lemon flavored Italian ice.
Brandy had grown rather fond of Lindy's over the summer, finding their single serving size cups the perfect thing to keep in her freezer for a quick and refreshing snack. There was also a wide variety of flavors to be considered, with delicious classics like Strawberry, Black Cherry, and Watermelon. Brandy also discovered a whole other use for these boldly flavored and smooth textured treats: as an alternative to ice for her cocktails! Because each Italian ice is crafted in small batches to ensure a true flavor without an excessive use of sugar, Brandy found that a scoop or two of these beauties into a cocktail can serve the dual purpose of chilling and flavoring, meaning that instead of watering down the flavor of a cocktail, they actually enhance them as they melt.
With this in mind, Brandy created a cold version of her favorite winter time drink, a Hot Toddy, or in this case, a Cool Toddy. Once completed, she rushed back to the rehearsal and handed her creation to the soprano. After a few sips of the icy beverage had reduced the inflammation in the girl's throat, she was delighted to find she could sing once more. "There's not much in this world that whiskey, tea, and desserts can't fix," said Brandy, sagely.
Give Brandy's Cool Toddy recipe a try, or visit Lindy's Pinterest Page for more ideas and recipes.
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Lindy's Lemon Italian Ice
Honey flavored whiskey
Lemon flavored Iced Tea
Lemon slices for garnish
Chill the cocktail glasses for at least a few minutes before starting. Scoop Italian ice into each glass until they are about 3/4 full. Pour in one part whiskey, or fill half the glass. Pour in iced tea until the glass is full. Stir gently with a swizzle stick, garnish with a lemon slice, and enjoy.