It's National Hot Toddy Day: Cure All of Winter’s Ails with this Toasty Toddy
Pix and Story :: Anastacia Uriegas
Winter brings good things like gifts and vacation time but it also brings sore throats and cold weather chills which penetrate to the bone. Here is where Hot Toddies--traditionally consisting of bourbon, honey, lemon and boiling water--come in, and unlike many old wives’ tales, this one carries a grain of truth. In the mid-1800’s the Toddy was touted as a medicinal cure-all (even to children, WTF?) Regardless of the proven medical properties of the concoction, the Hot Toddy has remained the go-to for those seeking a booze-y drink to cozy up with or one to soothe a cold. According to some studies and many homeopathic sources, honey acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory superfood while the vitamin C found in lemon juice supports the immune system. And okay, aside from being kind of healthy, Toddies taste amazing because they consist of the building blocks of any great cocktail: booze, sweetness, and acidity. We’re sharing the recipe for a classic Hot Toddy here but the method can easily be altered and enhanced by swapping spirits--we used rye whiskey, but you can use Irish whiskey, Scotch, aged rum or brandy.
Now, whether you’re enduring sniffles and chills or not, a honey-laced, lemon-y Toddy is always a right decision--serve yours in a handled mug for extra coziness. This classic winter warmer soothes with its mix of whiskey, citrus, and honey.
1 1/2 Ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
1 Teaspoon Honey
1/2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Ounce Boiling Water
Tea Cup or Mug
Optional Lemon Wheel, Cinnamon Stick, Crystallized Ginger for Garnish
1. Combine all ingredients in a tea cup or mug and stir to combine.
2. Garnish with lemon wheel, cinnamon stick or crystallized ginger.