It seems that the cold and flu season is now upon us. It appears that the Hot Toddy is in order.
The Hot Toddy originated in Scotland and is a mixed drink that is served hot. Now I made this one for the big baby. The little baby is stuck with some TLC. The Hot Toddy contains three key ingredients including a spirit base, a hot liquid and a sweetener. The spirit can vary depending on your personal preference, which can be a brandy, rum or whisky. The hot liquid can be anything from hot tea, coffee, water, cocoa or anything else you enjoy. The sweetener is either honey, sugar or syrup. Typically, the Hot Toddy also contains other ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon, orange and butter. The Hot Toddy is believed to have a curative effect on colds or flu. I think that it is worth giving it a try because it can’t hurt. At the very least, the hot drink is soothing on the throat.
1½ oz Whisky
2 oz Hot Water
½ oz Honey
½ oz fresh lemon juice
zest of ½ a lemon
To make the Hot Toddy: Squeeze fresh lemon juice into hot water and add cloves and lemon zest. Let steep for 3 minutes, add Whiskey and strain through a French Press. Pour into a mug and add honey. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon and serve.