Happy National Hot Toddy Day!
January 11th is National Hot toddy Day in the United States. To celebrate, I’ve pulled together a round-up of 5 Hot Toddy recipes to help you relax into January’s frosty vibe with ease and pleasure.
What is a Hot Toddy?
A hot toddy is a warm drink that involves hot water, lemon, honey and usually a spirit of your choice like brandy, whiskey, or rum). It usually is flavored by herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger, or cloves. If you think about it, a Hot Toddy is quite curative as it gives the body vitamin c, warmth, beneficial spices, and a bit of spirits to sooth and calm. the Hot Toddy is said to have originated in Scotland and has a place in American Revolutionary War history. After reading, I’m sure that any time the weather was cold and damp, people have been blending spirits, hot water, citrus and spices to enliven and comfort.
Traditional Hot Toddy
Get yourself a heatproof drinking vessel. A teacup or coffee mug is nice. Place a shot of whiskey in the mug along with about 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sweeten as desires (honey is a nice choice, but so is brown sugar). Muttle these flavors together and fill the mug with hot water. Add a lemon slice and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
5 Popular Hot Toddy Recipes
- Having friends over to celebrate Hot Toddy Day? Angry Orchard Hard Cider has the perfect crockpot recipe to make your gathering stress free and flavorful. If I used this recipe, I’d skip making the honey-ginger syrup and simply add the ingredients to the crockpot. It will be easy enough to pull the ginger from the crockpot just before serving begins.
- Cider and Tequilla Hot Toddy from Genius Kitchen. A little more complicated, but very flavorful mix of ingredients.
- You can use a tea blend rather than hot water for your Toddy. Here’s a calming and soothing Chamomile and Honey Hot Toddy recipe from Simple Recipes.
- Here’s a black tea, spices and rum Hot Toddy recipe for 2. It might take a little longer to prepare but seems well worth the effort.
- Using rum as your spirit in a Hot Toddy is a Colonial American twist on the traditional Scottish version. Here’s Martha Stewart’s Hot Butter Rum recipe, a satisfying twist on an old favorite.
Mocktail Hot Toddy
Of course, if you in a New Year detox or simply walking on the dry side of life, it’s easy enough to make a Hot Toddy Mocktail. The mix of spices and creation of syrups will need extra attention to make up for the flavor and kick of the missing spirits. Here’s how:
- Choose an aromatic tea blend like chai.
- Pull together lemon/orange, honey, and a slice of ginger.
- Boil water.
- Make your chai tea to the strength you enjoy.
- In a separate cup mix together a tablespoon of honey, 1 tbs of lemon or orange juice (or both), and ginger. Mottle the flavors together.
- Pour hot chai over the mixture, stir and enjoy. If you make a pot of chai, then simply add more tea to your cup as you like.
More from the Blog ~
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Homemade, natural ginger and turmeric sodas – an easy fermentation recipe.
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