Thursday, February 4, 2010

Recipe: The Definitive Hot Toddy

I know this recipe has nothing to do with cast iron... but friends and family ask for my hot toddy recipe often enough that I thought I'd post it here for easy reference.

This medicinal drink is the perfect thing if you have a cough, sore throat, the flu, a cold, or general malaise.  It will cure most sore throat issues directly.   And rest assured that if it doesn't, you won't care!

  • 3 tablespoons (give or take) of honey
  • 4 ounces brandy, rum, or whiskey
  • juice from 1/2 half fresh lemon
  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
Add honey to a glass—about an inch of it in your standard rock glass.  Then add the brandy on top—about an additional inch and a half.  Add a few whole cloves, a dash of nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.

Heat the glass in the microwave for about 45 to 60 seconds.  Watch the glass closely!  It will boil over very quickly once it heats up.  When the liquid has just started to boil, pull it out, juice the half-lemon into your hot toddy, and drink it immediately.  You have to drink around the whole cloves anyhow, so don't worry about the lemon seeds.

The healing power of this hot toddy comes from it being just barely on the drinkable side of hot.  Re-heat if necessary to keep it hot.

If you don't have access to a microwave, you can simply heat the honey, brandy, and spices on the stovetop, and then add them to the glass... and proceed with adding the lemon. 

WARNING: This recipe will absolutely impair your ability to operate machinery.  It may also make dumb ideas seem like good ones.  Time for bed now.

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