Ultimate Hot Toddy
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.
- 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.