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Drink This Weekend Edition: Finding calm at Sanctuaria before the big show

February 1st 04:02pm, 2013

In our February issue, we offer a foursome of hot drinks to warm your insides against the cold of winter. This weekend, we suggest one more heated elixir – not just because it’s tasty and original but because the bartending performance is a darned good show – perfect on a weekend when social plans are made around the big show known as the Super Bowl.

Some viewers actually get excited for the football, others could care less about the game and only make mad dashes for the living room to pass judgment on multi-million dollar car, insurance or beer commercials. Others just want to see if Beyoncé will live up to the halftime hype. Since game day will be crazy, find a bit of calm beforehand with a wholly different sort of show at Sanctuaria.

The prescription: Sit at the bar and order Calmer Than You Are. The drink is a toddy – a rum toddy as opposed to the more typical whiskey or brandy-based hot toddy. It is essential that you be perched bar-side because this one is “a big production,” in the words of Sanctuaria assistant bar manager Tim Rabior. Prep for this complicated drink takes about five minutes, complete with entertaining flair.

Watch closely. Your bartender will grab a glass mug, fill it with hot water and set it aside to warm. Next, he’ll combine rum, hot water, cinnamon syrup, apple juice and lime juice in a Boston shaker. Out comes the torch and fire encircles the metal tin. Now observe as the fluid is poured into a small teapot where it stays piping hot. The hot water that was in the now-heated mug gets dumped and in goes enough Green Chartreuse to coat the glass. Prepare for a second fire show: A sprig of fresh rosemary is ignited in the liquor.

And now the toddy concoction enters, poured from an elevated height into the mug. Ooh! Sip. Now relax; the Super Bowl isn’t until Sunday.

— photos by Michelle Volanksky

By Ligaya Figueras

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