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There are two ways to make this warming winter drink: One involves smoking your own honey, and the other involves a cheat and buying already smoked honey (a good option is Bee Local white oak smoked honey). Jon Feuersanger, the beverage director of beast + bottle and Coperta in Denver, created this hot tipple that works with or without booze, and it's perfect for drinking as the snow falls during your next civilized holiday get-together.
Add the scotch (optional), lemon juice, smoked honey and hot water to a tea cup, and stir.
Garnish with a rosemary sprig, lemon wheel and grated nutmeg.
*Smoked honey: Heat 1 cup of water to a boil, and slowly stir in 2 cups of honey. Heat 1 hardwood charcoal briquette to white-hot temperature over a flame, and submerge it into the honey water. Allow to cool. Remove the briquette, and run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Makes 4-6 servings.