So I always make it through all but the last vestiges of winter without getting sick and get really proud of myself for staying healthy. Then – you guessed it – bam! Winter cold, right when it’s almost spring. When that happens, I always find it best to whip up that good ol’ alcohol-as-medicine standby: the Hot Toddy. Hot toddys are great for soothing a cold or sore throat (or at least make you kind of fuzzy and sleepy so being sick isn’t such a major pain in the butt) or even just to warm you up on a chilly night. However, you don’t have to stick to the classic toddy, there are lots of great variations out there for you to enjoy, as well. So, in case any of you folks are also still feeling the lingering grip of Jack Frost, check out some of these great hot toddy recipes –from classic, to simple twists, to fancy cocktails, the toddy is great for many occasions (sniffle-y or otherwise).
1. Combine all ingredients in a mug and enjoy!
1. In a saucepan, combine the apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Bring to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and cover pan with a lid to allow the drink to steep for 10-15 minutes.
3. Strain spices.
4. Stir in honey, whiskey, and lemon juice.
5. Serve with apple slices, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, or any other garnish you may like.
recipe credit: thelittleepicurean.com
1. Combine water and spices in a pot, bring to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and add tea leaves.
3. Once steeped, strain into a large mug.
4. Stir in honey and whiskey.
5. Squeeze in lemon, then drop lemon slice in mug.
recipe credit: coffeetea.about.com
1. Make honey syrup: dissolve honey in water at a 1:1 ratio over medium heat until honey is fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
2. In a mug, add bourbon, chamomile liqueur, and lemon juice.
3. Add honey syrup and lavender bitters, stir to combine.
4. Add hot water, stir again, and garnish with a lemon peel.
recipe credit: Jacob Grier, Carlyle restaurant
1. Combine butter, sugar, and spices in a mug –cream together.
2. Add rum.
3. Add an equal amount boiling water, stir well.
4. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately.
recipe credit: thenibble.com
1. In a saucepan, combine sugar water with the orange juice, rum, wine, cinnamon, and clove.
2. Add the lemon rind and bring to a boil.
3. Remove the lemon rind and serve drinks very hot, garnished with nutmeg.
recipe credit: food.com
1. Pour gin into glass, stir in honey.
2. Add lemon juice. Stir.
3. Add hot water. Stir.
4. Drop in blossoming tea flower, and enjoy!
recipe credit: thesavory.com
1. In a saucepan, combine water, ginger root sliced, and cloves.
2. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid as well.
3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat.
4. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how much ginger flavor you want.
5. Strain to remove cloves, lemons, and ginger root slices. Serve.
recipe credit: seriouseats.com
1. Bring water to a gentle boil.
2. Place grated ginger, crushed juniper berries, chili flakes, and 2 star anise into a tea infused set in a tea pot.
3. Pour boiling water over infused and allow mixture to steep for at least 7 minutes before removing infuser from tea pot.
4. Divide lemon juice and honey between two glasses.
5. Divide hot toddy mixture between the two glasses, stir to combine.
6. Place a couple lemon slices into each glass, add another star anise, a couple more juniper berries, and a cinnamon stick.
recipe credit: inspirededibles.ca
Have fun trying out these great hot toddy recipes, and be sure to play around with new ingredients or combining these ones –try apple cider and ginger root together, or maybe gin and chamomile, the list is endless. What’s your favorite way to toddy it up?
Lauren is a New York based actor/singer/writer. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University as well as the College of the Holy Cross. She’s a fan of beer, pasta, and academic establishments with unnecessarily long titles. Find her on stage, or online– she’s there often.