by Caroline O’Neil
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.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the Hot Toddy. I was afraid that the whisky was going to make my toes curl. There was an excellent balance between all of the flavours and there wasn’t anything that was overpowering. So if you feel a cold or flu coming on, I would try and stop it in it’s tracks and sit back and enjoy the Hot Toddy. I think I will have another tonight.
Writer, author of Fix the Pumps, chemist, beekeper and general do-er-of-things, Darcy can generally be found looking for new and interesting things to do, usually over a cocktail. Currently working on more soda fountain history.