Last week, January 11th to be exact, we celebrated National Hot Toddy Day. (Seriously, I want to be on the committee that makes these holidays up.) I was so busy being sick (and drinking hot toddies) that I failed to mark the formal celebration. So, here goes.
A basic toddy is made with honey, lemon juice, boiling water and, the ingredient de resistance, booze. No Peach Schnapps or Creme de Menthe here, hot toddies are made with the hard stuff — whiskey, brandy, rum or even Scotch. There are a zillion (I counted) variations on the hot toddy theme. You can use hot tea instead of water, add slices of lemon for more lemony flavor or stir in spices to zip it up a bit. Cinnamon, fresh ginger slices, cloves or crushed red pepper are all thought to add to your toddy’s throat-soothing effect. I happened to have a little crystallized ginger laying around so I added that for a spicier toddy.
The point of a hot toddy is to soothe your sore throat, help suppress your cough. I’m not sure they’re a cure-all for colds and sniffles but they definitely make you feel better.
- 3 tablespoons brandy, whiskey or rum
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1¼ cups boiling water
- Place brandy, lemon juice and honey in a large mug or glass. Carefully pour in boiling water. Stir until honey dissolves and serve.
- Do not attempt to drive, operate heavy machinery or parent seriously after consuming.