Hot Toddy

The liquid cure-all for colds


By Jonas Halpren
This article originally appeared at Drink of the Week.

It's cold season and this winter has been harsh. Having succumbed to the evil flu earlier this week, I decided to explore the aged old cure-all, the Hot Toddy.

I started with a tea-based toddy, but really took to a clove, cinnamon and lemon rind mix. Simmering those spices unleashes all their goodness and lets it get into your bones, really.
Of course, you'll want to keep doing all the other things you need to do to get over a cold.

Doubt the Toddy's power? A nice reader credits this recipe for easing her father's asthma.

We're not doctors, but we do think a well made Hot Toddy can make that cold just a bit more bearable.

Hot Toddy
1 oz. Whiskey, Brandy or Rum
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/4 Lemon
1 cup Boiling Water
Cinnamon Stick
Whole Clove

Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey, add liquor and juice of the lemon. On the side, boil water with cinnamon, cloves and lemon rind for about 3 minutes. Pour the water through a strainer into the mug. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge.

More toddy recipes:
    * Tea-quila Toddy
    * Hot Cinn Apple Toddy

What's your favorite toddy recipe?

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  • Snooth User: courgette
    124481 158

    The toddy recipes I see are generally too sugary for my tastes. I prefer a simple shot of Irish whisky in a mug of boiling water-- sometimes with 1/2 tsp. of sugar.

    I do like to heat the whisky first, too-- otherwise you end up with a not-very-hot toddy.

    Feb 08, 2011 at 9:57 PM

  • Snooth User: wlf
    499228 33

    I first knew about this from my grandmother in the 50's. It was Passed down from her grandparents in the early 1800's. It does work and I have passed it on to my children

    Feb 09, 2011 at 12:06 PM

  • Snooth User: jgsail
    768995 1

    A favorite cold weather drink that we would have, especially after standing watch for an over night passage on the sailboat, we called it a "Hot Toddy" and also a "Hot Buttered Rum". You simply place two teaspoons of dark brown sugar in a 12 oz mug with a pat of butter and 2 oz of your favorite rum and fill with hot water. That was always great to look forward to.

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

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