With winter in full swing, and your fluffy pyjamas becoming more of a solid outfit choice in the evenings, there’s only one hot drink that’ll warm your cockles during the dark nights. Fruity, sweet, and alcoholic; it’s time to cosy up with a Hot Toddy.
Hot toddies are usually made with tea, typically a plain old black tea, but they’re also great with green tea or jasmine for those who prefer something a little more fragrant. Unlike mulled wine, or warm cider, hot toddies are light and refreshing rather than overwhelmingly sweet. The combination of whisky, honey, lemon, cinnamon and cloves really packs a punch and is perfect not only for sipping on in your PJ’s, but for entertaining guests this winter.
Hot toddies were also used widely in the mid-19th century to help cure the common cold. You would fix yourself a steaming mug of hot water, add honey, herbs, spices and liqueur such as whiskey, rum, or brandy and let the healing begin. Seriously, is there anything this drink can’t do?
What you’ll need:
3 tsp honey, or to taste
1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
1 lemon, half juiced and half sliced
How to prepare:
- In a teapot or saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Pour the hot water into a mug
- Add the whiskey, the teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water. Taste, and add 1 teaspoon honey for more sweetness, and/or 1 teaspoon more lemon juice for more zing.
- Garnish with a lemon round (studded with cloves) and cinnamon stick
Are you feeling festive yet? We can’t wait to cosy up with a Hot Toddy this winter!
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