A Hotty Toddy is a classic! Usually, this warming concoction is recommended when those sniffles and aches come to call in the winter months. But it can be a great Sunday Funday drink to sip by the fire as you read a book to avoid the Sunday Scaries. The best part is that it is simple. All ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now. Try this recipe to warm up from the inside out when you feel under the weather on those cold winter nights.
• 1/3 c. water hot
• 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
• 1 tbsp. honey
• 2 tsp. lemon juice
• Cinnamon stick for garnish
• Lemon slice for garnish
1. In a teapot or a small saucepan, bring water to a simmer.
2. In a mug, combine bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. Pour over hot water and stir to combine.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice.
A Slightly Sweeter Version:
• Swap apple cider for the water and caramel for the honey.
• Or change it up and brew ginger tea as your base for the cocktail.
Is a hot toddy good for you? Hot toddies have been prescribed as a “cure” for the common cold for centuries. While many of its ingredients indeed have health benefits — lemon has vitamin C, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, spices have antioxidants, ginger can help calm nausea — it’s wise to remember alcohol dehydrates and sometimes can decrease immune functions.
Want to get fancy?
Just add a lemon twist instead of a slice as garnish. To make a lemon peel twist, grab a vegetable peeler to carefully slice off a strip of lemon peel in the shape of a “Y” or a straight line. Give it a good twist to release some of those essential lemony oils to add to your drink.