Ultimate Hot Toddy

3:10 pm on 28 July 2017

The hot toddy is something I'll admit to having heard a lot about, but not knowing a lot about. It turns out there is not a lot to know. Essentially, and very simply, it's a hot whisky - a shot topped up with boiling water, and honey or sugar if need be. Cognac or brandy work well too, as does adding a slice of lemon, or twisting the whisky into your usual lemon, honey and ginger drink if you've got a cold. Again the actual heat is great, and drinking from a mug is a comfort in itself. Plus it's completely legitimate first thing in the morning if you've got a cold coming on.

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  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus a little zest  
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh turmeric 
  • Pinch cinnamon powder 
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 tsp manuka honey 
  • Splash of whisky 


Put all ingredients in a large mug and top with boiling water. Stir well. Taste and adjust as necessary.



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