Sunday, January 11, 2015

American Hot Toddy

Happy National Hot Toddy Day!

I don't know about you, but this is one holiday that I can really embrace, particularly with cold temps and freezing rain coming down.  The Hot Toddy has is origins in Ireland, I believe, undoubtedly when some poor sap suffering with a cold decided to have shot of whiskey and added water and spices in order to pass it off as therapeutic, bless him. This version includes a shot of Irish whiskey, brown sugar, a lemon slice studded with cloves, and hot water.

There is also a Scottish version that involves whiskey, honey, cloves, a lemon slice, a cinnamon stick, and hot water.

Americans tend to make their toddies with hot tea, something that I find appalling as it totally negates the deliciousness of the whiskey.

Whichever version you decide is for you, here is the basic, American recipe. Add, subtract, or alter in any way that you see fit. I like mine spicy so use lemon juice, cloves, a cinnamon stick, sometimes a shot of applejack in place of the whiskey, and hot water – I never use tea. I imagine a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey would be mighty warming on a cold winter night as well. After a couple of these in front of a roaring fire, you really won't care which combination is used. So have fun with the recipe, make it your own, celebrate this fun holiday, and stave off the winter weather and a potential cold.

To your health!

American Hot Toddy

1 1/2 ounces brandy, whiskey, or rum
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon slice
4-5 whole cloves
1 cup hot water
1 tea bag

In the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass, pour honey, liquor of choice, and the juice of the lemon.  Set aside.  Meanwhile, boil water and add the tea bag to make a weak tea.  Remove bag and pour steaming tea into the glass and serve immediately.

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am going to have to share this with a friend of mine who is famous for drinking hot toddies in winter!


Sheila :-)

Scribbler said...

This looks delicious! That teabag thing does sound like it would ruin the whole thing, I agree. This weather we've been having is the perfect excuse to concoct one of these.

Angie Church said...

just what one needs on cold days like we have been having
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Serena Ball said...

How did I miss National Hot Toddy day? Well, I'll just have to make up for it today! Been wanting to learn to make them all winter - so thanks for the tutorial