Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hot Toddy for an Aching Body

Hello Dahlin's! I know it's been a while but I have a good excuse this time! Despite my efforts to avoid the yearly "funk", the bug has caught me just as it has caught many of you this cold and flu season. I am a big believer in mind over matter; a positive perspective can work wonders in any predicament. To quote my life coach, "The Little Engine That Could", I think I can, I think I can get over this cold without a trip to the doc in the box. OTC cold remedies and Vitamin C gummies in the shape of cute teddies do make the days more "bearable," but they just can't squash this bug. Alas, I have found comfort in an old British treatment, the Hot Toddy! Even though this sounds like a character straight out of "Magic Mike", the Hot Toddy is a hot beverage traditionally made with whisky, boiling water and sugar or honey. Many recipes spice up this sipper with Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger or Lemon- all believed to house medicinal properties. The recipe below can be adapted depending on your personal tastes or to what you have behind the bar. Bourbon or Brandy, Whiskey or Whisky, Rum or Rumplemintz- it's alllll good! Due to the strong alcoholic nature of this beverage, please refrain from driving, operating heavy machinery or texting old flames- none of which you should be doing while sick anyhow! Even though the old adage "keep your fluids up" while sick is very true, they mean water- not heaps of Hot Toddies! Remember to take care of yourselves and get some rest as we enter the hustle and bustle of this holiday season. Cheers to you finding some aid and healing in the comforting cocktail.


1 teaspoon of honey


Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and add slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving. Sip at your leisure and slip off into sweet dreams!