Monday, February 2, 2009

A Cure I Can Handle: Hot Toddy

I woke up this morning with a sore throat. Its cold outside and I feel crappy. There's only one thing which help me now. I need a hot toddy!

This drink has it all, the comfort of hot steamy tea, the curative numbing power of whiskey, set off with the tart lemon which goes down smooth as can be thanks to the sweet honey. This drink coats your throat, warms your tummy and takes away all your aches and pains. What are we waiting for?

Hot Toddy
  • 1 cup of tea (whatever kind you prefer)
  • whiskey
  • 1-2 slices of lemon
  • 1-2 Tbs honey

Make a pot of tea. I always make a pot because one toddy is never enough. You can make your tea if one is enough. Because this was early afternoon, I used a black tea for the caffeine. Before bed, I always go for an herbal tea like chamomile.

Fill your mug 2/3 the way full with tea. You have to save room for the whiskey!

Add 1 shot of whiskey. You can add more or less depending on your preference for strength. I usually err on the side of more is better.

Add honey. I add one Tbs, stir and taste. I never hesitate to add more if I need it.

Add lemon slices. Breathe in the lemony steam. If I wasn't too stuffed up to smell, I know I would be enjoying this part the best.

Now drink up and feel better!

*Not a suggested drink before work.


IBerg said...

I'll have to try it with tea. I always used honey whiskey lemon juice and boiling water. Do you usually use a black tea or do you sometimes use herbal?

Andrea said...

I know most people usually have it with water, but tea is just soo much better. Its like making soup with chicken stock instead of water.

I usually use herbal tea or a white tea actually as I am not much for caffeine, but every once in a while I'll go with black or green. I love chamomile, (also known as sleepy time).

The color can indicate how strong the caffeination will be in the tea. From lowest to highest it goes:


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Ira said...

I hope you feel better!

emily said...

Even though I make my own hot toddies all the one makes them like Dad. It's magic water for adults. I automatically feel better when he makes them.

Kimberly @ the How to Cook Blog said...

Sounds terrible, eh? LOL...

Maybe I should drink them all so no one else has to...LOL!


My mom and dad used to drink them up at the cottage during the colder nights! Yum!

Thanks for this post,

Kimberly Edwards :)

shape said...

Love the photos!

I highly recommend using mint tea, especially if you're stuffed up. Drinking and breathing in mint helps open up your sinuses so you can breathe a little better. The whole combo also helps calm a cough.

Hot toddy = A+

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