Have a hot toddy!
It will warm you up…
…when you’re huddled in a drafty garret penning manuscripts by candlelight.
…when you’re pouring over a time-weathered volume in front of a roaring fire.
…or when you’re feeling under the weather and need a little nightcap to soothe you to bed.
Wherever you take it, the hot toddy will be your new favourite beverage to banish the chill of winter! It also soothes your throat–making it an excellent elixir for when you have a cold or flu.
There are many variations on the hot toddy, but the main components are lemon juice, honey, and some type of alcohol. I enjoyed mine with tea and spices, although some recipes just call for hot water. You can play with these components to come up with your own unique cocktail:
- Citrus (lemon, lime, orange, blood orange)
- Honey (keep it raw, okay?)
- Alcohol (bourbon, rum, brandy)
- Spices (cinnamon, ginger root, cloves)
- Tea (Irish breakfast, black currant, rooibos, chamomile)
- hot water
- 1 bag black tea
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 lemon or lime (about 4 teaspoons juice)
- 2 orange slices
- 2 oz Bourbon
- Put the kettle on to boil while you set out the other ingredients.
- Put the tea bag and cinnamon sticks in a teapot. When the water boils, pour 1 and 1/2 cups over tea bag and let everything steep for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, divide honey and lemon juice between two mugs or Irish coffee glasses. Squeeze an orange slice into each.
- When the tea is ready, pour over honey; stir to dissolve.
- Add an ounce of Bourbon to each glass. Stir, sip, and add more honey and Bourbon to taste.