As the night comes to an end and you’ve had your fill of chocolates and candies, it’s time to unwind with a hot toddy.
Not only does this drink smell amazing, it tastes great and is supposed to have medicinal purposes as well- or so I’ve been told. A hot toddy is said to sooth a sore throat and help suppress coughs. Whenever my throat is a little itchy, honey seems to always do the trick. Lemon is packed with helpful vitamin C and cinnamon is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. A lovely cup of this stuff will not only warm you up, but help ease you to sleep. And, it sure tastes a lot better than any of those over-the-counter cough syrups!
Hot Toddy, serves 2
1 cup water
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 thin lemon slices
2- 1 oz shots of bourbon whiskey of choice
additional cinnamon stick for garnish
1. In a medium sized sauce pot, bring water to boil. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice, honey, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Cover pot and let mixture steep for 5-7 minutes.
2. Remove cloves and cinnamon stick.
3. Add a lemon slice to each mug. Distribute liquid mixture between the two mugs. Add a shot of whiskey to each mug. Stir with a cinnamon stick. Leave cinnamon stick for garnish. Add more honey or sweetener according to taste. Serve warm.
4. Double or triple recipe as needed. Also adjust whiskey amount according to taste.
*note: photos show double serving in one mug.
[collage credits: Jack Daniel’s image via The World’s Best Ever, honey image via MintLife, cinnamon stick image via Melissa Cooks Gourmet, lemon image via Fitho, cloves image via Danish Schnapps Recipes, mug image via Crate and Barrel ]