Seven Days, Seven Hot Toddies: Part 1

Seven Days, Seven Hot Toddies: Part 1

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 20, 2012

When the temperature dips, there's nothing like a hot toddy to lift your spirits and warm your insides. Some people even believe them to have medicinal properties. This week, I embarked on something I'm calling the Toddy Project — a different hot toddy a day, every day for a week. Let's see how I got on.

The Bourbon Hot Toddy

Serves 1

  • 1 teaspoon

    honey

  • 5

    whole cloves

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

  • 1

    whole star anise

  • 1 1/2 ounces

    bourbon

  • 1/2 cup

    boiling water

  • Slice of lemon

Add honey and spices to the bottom of a heat-proof snifter or mug. Add the boiling water and then bourbon. Squeeze the lemon, drop it in, and stir until the honey is melted.

Recipe Notes

The toddy as a form of creative booze delivery is actually even older than its cool cousin, the cocktail. Something very similar to this would've been served in colonial taverns around the time of the revolutionary war. So raise a toast to your ancestors and mine, and to drinking on a school night.

Apple Bourbon Hot Toddy

Serves 1

  • 1 teaspoon

    honey

  • 5

    whole cloves

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

  • 1 1/2 ounces

    bourbon

  • Hot apple cider

Add honey, cloves, cinnamon and bourbon to a mug. Top with the hot apple cider and stir.

Recipe Notes

Bourbon and apples love each other, and I predict you will love this sweet, warming drink. Make sans bourbon for your children and teetotaling friends.

Tequila Hot Toddy

Serves 1

  • 1 teaspoon

    honey

  • 5

    whole cloves

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

  • 1

    whole star anise

  • 1 1/2 ounces

    reposado tequila

  • 1/2 cup

    boiling water

  • Slice of lime

Add honey and spices to the bottom of a heat-proof snifter or mug. Add the boiling water and then tequila. Squeeze the lime, drop it in, and stir until the honey is melted.

Recipe Notes

Hot...tequila? Believe it. Embrace it. It's a little-known fact that tequila loves spices. This toddy, with lime in place of lemon, tastes a little like a hot, spiced margarita.

Can't get enough hot toddies? Check out Part 2 and Part 3 for even more delicious hot drinks.

Nancy Mitchell loves toddies, but thinks "toddy" is an awfully funny word. You can find more of her recipes and writings on her blog, The Backyard Bartender.

(Images: Nancy Mitchell)

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