January 11 may be National Hot Toddy Day, but we don’t think you need a special excuse to curl up with a steaming (and stiff) drink. These hot beverages — usually made with whiskey or brandy, though you’ll find recipes calling for rum, gin, and even wine — will warm your bones even when the temperature outside has dropped to the single digits. Plus, toddies are an effective, albeit old-fashioned, remedy for cough and cold symptoms, helping to ease your aches and pains and soothe a sore throat.
Whether you’ve got a case of the sniffles or are just in the mood for a tipple, here are seven hot toddy recipes that will make you glad it’s cold outside.
1. Classic Hot Toddy
This is the hot toddy your grandfather drank. With just whiskey, water, and a little bit of lemon, honey, and spice, it may not be fancy, but it gets the job done. When making this drink, use water that is just off the boil (in other words, let the water rest for a moment or two after it boils and before you pour it into the mug). Recipe from The Guardian.
- 1 measure of whiskey (roughly 25 milliliters)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 cloves
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 1 slice of lemon, plus juice
- Boiling water
Directions: Put 1 teaspoon of honey and a measure of whiskey in a mug or heatproof glass. Add two cloves and half a cinnamon stick then fill mug with just-off-the-boil water. Stir in a slice of lemon and a little lemon juice. Serve.