So after a ‘not as brief as I would have liked’ hiatus, I’m back! And figured early January is the perfect time to talk about hot toddies. First, it’s cold, like really, really cold. And it is also cold and flu season, for which hot toddies are medicinal.
The traditional, classic hot toddy consists of hot water, lemon juice, honey and booze. There is debate on whether that booze should be whisky, rum or brandy. I personally favor whisky. And I’ll use any whisky, but find bourbon is my favorite.
If you google hot toddy, you will find many many variations. Some people insist you need to add a tea bag to that hot water and use tea as the backbone. Some feel strongly about adding spices, especially cinnamon or nutmeg, perhaps ginger. You will also find a few alternate spellings, such as totty and tottie. However, toddy seems to be the most common spelling
I have fallen in love with a variation of the hot toddy that I read about on Joy the Baker’s blog which substitutes half a fresh squeezed orange for the lemon. (http://joythebaker.com/2013/02/its-cold/) It is ethereal.
So here is the recipe for your (freezing) cold weather enjoyment.
In a mug, squeeze half of an orange.
Add a hefty dose of bourbon. (I don’t measure, but at least 2 ounces.)
Get a big spoonful of honey. (Only you know how sweet you like things, and yes, you can always add more!)
Fill the mug with not quite boiling water and stir with the spoonful of honey.
What I love about this recipe, like most of the cocktails I make, is that you personalize it. You can put in more or less whisky, honey or hot water. The half of orange, fresh-squeezed is harder to alter, but if necessary, that is what the other half is for!
Enjoy and stay warm!