I’m generally a warm weather girl, but I try to embrace all four seasons the best I can. I embrace winter with scarves and hot drinks. My favorite hot drink? The hot toddy. B & I started making these last year. I was sick, and wanted something to drink during a movie. I was also in my learn-to-like-whiskey phase, so this was the obvious choice. We both fell completely in love with this drink, and were so excited for the temperature to drop so we could whip these up again. They’re so easy, and very tasty.
This recipe is a classic recipe that I pulled together from a few different recipes last year. There are dozens of recipes for hot toddies, but start with this classic one, then experiment.
And if you’re sick, these really do help. The hot water, lemon and honey are perfect for helping you breathe and soothing your throat. And, well, whiskey never hurts ;)
Ingredients // Recipe makes two drinks
Whiskey of your choice (my preference is bourbon, it’s a bit spicier and smooth)
Two mugs (10-16 oz. size)
How to //
Cut one whole lemon in half. From each half, cut one slice from the largest part (see above photo). It should be around a 1/4″ thick. In each slice, stick 6-8 whole cloves into the flesh of the fruit. Set aside.
Boil water. While water boils, squeeze one lemon half in each mug. Pour in about 1 tablespoon honey. Pour in one shot whiskey.
Fill mug with boiling water (about 8-10 oz.) Stir, then top with your lemon slice. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the cloves to brew a bit.
Sip and enjoy!
Note: The best part of this drink is that you really can’t mess up the measurements. Play around with them! Depending on my mood, I add more lemon, or hold back and add more honey. Adjust how much water you pour into your mug to make it stronger, or less strong.