The Hot Toddy is often recommended for dealing with colds and flu, which are of course so common at this time of the year.
Though the modern definition of the toddy almost always points to any alcoholic beverage served hot, it wasn’t always so. Today the usage encompasses a wide swath of drinks that swings from the most basic recipe of a base spirit plus sugar to more complex iterations with cream, egg, fruit, liqueurs, spices and garnishes a plenty.
This version below is a template upon which you can experiment to your heart’s desire:
Ingredients for a Hot Toddy:
- 1 1/2 ounces whisky or bourbon (or any dark spirit including aged rum or cognac)
- 3/4 ounces honey or maple syrup
- 4-5 ounces hot water
- Garnish: lemon wheel and cinnamon stick
Instructions for making a hot toddy:
- Add spirit and honey or maple syrup to a mug.
- Top with hot water and stir gently to dissolve honey or maple syrup.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.