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Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: Hot Country Newcomer, Morgan Myles, Choco-Toddy’s

Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: Hot Country Newcomer, Morgan Myles, Choco-Toddy’s

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

I have so many wonderful Christmas memories… like cutting down a Christmas tree from the same farm in PA every year, to going to ‘Candy Cane Lane’ which was this one street in our hometown where the entire road had to totally deck out their homes with lights, and Christmas caroling on a hay-wagon with my entire neighborhood. I seriously have way too many to count. My mom was a preschool teacher and she made sure that every holiday was memorable, there was no shortage of Christmas cheer in our home!

What’s your idea of a good Christmas dinner?

My idea of a good Christmas dinner is mainly family, being able to have everyone together reminiscing around the table, hopefully without any mention of politics! It’s a meal that has so much warmth and love surrounding it.

Do you have a favorite Christmas album?

Oh snap YES! Hands down Mariah Carey of course! My Dad had only two CD’s when he got a stereo in our house, one was “Music Box” and I became an instant super fan! So when she came out with that Christmas album, I wore it out so hard. I still feel sorry for my sister…

Do you have any favorite tradition’s or favorite movie’s for the holiday season?

My sister works in the film industry in California and whether I like it or not we MUST watch “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Also, my family has gotten super competitive over the years with Dirty Santa.

Whats been your favorite album of 2016?

I’d say “Southern Family” was my favorite new release this year. Its comprised of so many of my favorites and was produced by incredible Dave Cobb. It’s the record that kept me going for miles on the road this summer. I didn’t want to skip a song… All I can say is I hope this becomes a live concert someday, it would be EPIC!

What are your hope’s for 2017? Any exciting plans?

Lots of hopes for 2017! I plan on releasing new music, which I am in the mixing stages right now! I am so excited about that and plan on hitting up many cities with my band. Keeping the wheels moving!

The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature Christmas Cocktail recipe that you will be serving?

Growing up in PA we spent a lot of time playing outside in the snow for hours and homemade hot chocolate was always a must coming in from the cold. My Dad and Pipi (my Grandfather) always added some whiskey to theirs. The only type of hard liquor I will drink is whiskey, so my festive holiday cocktail is homemade hot chocolate with whiskey that we call “Choco-Toddy” lol! Yes, its pretty simple, but amazing because its dessert too! Plus if you want to add coffee or espresso to make a mocha whiskey drink is awesome as well. 


yields : 4 servings
4 cups whole milk
1 cup (5 3/4 ounces) dark chocolate chips, unsweetened
1 cup (6 1/8 ounces) milk chocolate chips, sweetened
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground + a little extra for dusting
1/4 cup whisky
a few marshmallows for garnishing (optional)
4 peppermint sticks (optional)

1. Place the milk in a thick bottomed saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium-low flame until the milk begins to steam with constant stirring. Reduce the flame to a gentle simmer.
2. Add the chocolate and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the hot milk and whisk constantly by hand until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the milk from the stove and mix in the whisky.
3. Pour the hot chocolate into serving mugs and top them off with a few marshmallows and dust with the extra ground cinnamon. Serve with the hot chocolate with the peppermint sticks and extra marshmallows on the side






Morgan Myles “makes soulful country with warm echoes of rock and R&B, sprinkled with moments that recall why Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow transcended their respective genres,” acclaims The Boston Globe of her recent independently released EP Miss Morgan Myles. Featured in the iTunes New Music, New Artist and Spotlight On Women Of Country categories, Myles undeniably refreshing EP hit No. 22 on the iTunes Country music chart and landed her on several 2016 Artist To Watch lists. Named one of just a handful of artists “poised to tackle 2016’s music scene head-on” by Nashville Lifestyles, the triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitarist has been featured in Country Weekly Magazine three times for “Who’s New, EP Review earning an amazing B+, and Artist to watch in 2016.’ RollingStone also named Myles as ones to watch! Myles named’s Hot Artist To Watch and Critic’s Pick, and has called her an artist that “has ‘it –in spades.” Myles stunning new six-song collection includes lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” and the music video for the song exclusively released on CMT Pure last fall as well as her summer anthem, “We Won’t Go Home,” which premiered on Billboard and became part of Vevo Discover.

Since moving to Nashville nearly a decade ago to pursue her music career, the Williamsport, PA native and Belmont University graduate has teamed up on projects with the legendary Vance Powell and collaborated with top tunesmiths Richie Brown (Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann) and Rebecca Lynn Howard (Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood). The powerhouse vocalist, inspired by big voices of the 90s, has opened shows for Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Rick Springfield, Little Big Town and more. For more information, visit

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