Hot Toddy

Every year since my late twenties, never failing, I seem to come down with a yucky sinus infection.  This year was no joke.

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I actually lost my voice for the first time!  So guess what I did?  Yep!  A Hot Toddy sure did ease the symptoms.

Speaking of losing my voice, I never realized how important those little vocal cords of mine were!  I started to go through a drive-through the other day, and thought to myself, “they’re not going to understand a damn word you say.”  So I had to go in and hoped that they could at least understand me better in person.  And forget about talking on the telephone.  Thank goodness for text messages this week!  I will be SO HAPPY just to be able to speak normally again.

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I’ve read that the Hot Toddy is believed to have originated in Scotland in the 1700’s.  Actually, there are many theories and it still remains an overall mystery.  Over the years, the Hot Toddy has gained a reputation for its medicinal properties…I can attest to that!  :-)

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There is no one definitive recipe for the Hot Toddy.  It can be prepared with bourbon, whiskey or rum (I used whiskey).  You can also use hot tea or hot water.  My friend Melissa was nice enough to bring me some herbal tea, so I steeped the tea bags in my little tea pot for about ten minutes before pouring it in with the other ingredients (honey, lemon juice and whiskey).

Next time I think I might add some peach schnapps, as my mom told me that my great grandmother had a love for “peach toddies”.

It’s Thursday, I’m sick, but I’m still raising my coffee cup to Thirsty Thursday!  Cheers!  {COUGH!!!}  :-)

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Hot Toddy
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Serves: Approximately 2 cups (16 ounces)
  • 1¾ cups boiling water
  • ¼ cup bourbon, whiskey or rum
  • Juice from ½ lemon (approximately ⅛ cup)
  • 2 tea bags
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Optional: Cinnamon sticks & lemon wedges studded with cloves for garnish
  1. Place tea bags in boiling water, remove from heat & cover to steep for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Pour honey in bottom of cup. Pour hot tea over honey & stir to combine. Add lemon juice & liquor. Makes approximately 2 cups.

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