It wasn’t served in a short mug and it wasn’t hot. Other than that, I thought the whiskey drink had all the makings of a Hot Toddy.

The Lansing Brewing Co. has been known for its homegrown craft beers since 1898. The Shiawassee Street restaurant also offers a collection of its own specially crafted cocktails. I sampled the one called “Cinnamon Rye Smash.”

A “smash” requires a spirit. LBC used their Hard Nose Rye Whiskey. It was aged in white oak and had a spicy and peppery taste — to me, a flavorful and palatable version of whiskey. A traditional recipe calls for a spice, sugar and seasonal fruit. My smash drink had cinnamon, simple syrup, and orange and apple juices.

The cinnamon in the “Cinnamon Rye Smash” was distinct but not overpowering and its syrup sweetness wasn’t excessive. The pair of fruit juices blended surprisingly well and both seemed fresh — with noticeable bits of pulp throughout the drink. An orange slice garnish helped make the boozy concoction served almost seem healthy.

Served in a tall glass over ice, I found the drink to be wonderful therapy for my troubled throat — sort of a, “Cold Toddy."


Lansing Brewing Co. 518 Shiawassee St. (517) 371-2600 Mon-Thursday 11-11 Friday- Saturday 11-1 a.m. Sunday Noon-10 p.m. www.lansingbrewingcompany.com