The Classic Hot Toddy
Nothing warms up your body and soul like a dram of whiskey…except maybe a hot dram of whiskey. This time of year, we’re thinking about hot toddies every time there’s a chill in the air. The classic toddy—bourbon, hot water, honey, and lemon—is comforting and easy to love. And with its unrivaled ability to warm you from the inside, you can just about consider it medicine. And there’s nothing wrong with sipping a little medicine on a winter afternoon, right?
We’re all about the standard whiskey toddy, but the drink is also a great template for experimentation. Only have rum? No problem. Tequila in a toddy? Believe it or not, it works. Here are three hot toddy renditions to get you through the winter, from the conventional to the much less so.
- 2 2 2 ounces of bourbon
- 1/4 1/4 1/4 ounce of honey syrup (equal parts honey dissolved in hot water)
- dash a dash of Angostura bitters
- 2 2 2 ounces of hot water
- lemon wedge
- garnish with any winter spices you’d like: a cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, allspice berries, and whatever else you fancy.
Adapted from yahoo.com
In a heat-safe glass, stir together 2 ounces of bourbon, 1/4 ounce of honey syrup (equal parts honey dissolved in hot water), and a dash of Angostura bitters. Pour 2 ounces of hot water over the top. Squeeze in a big lemon wedge and add it to the drink, and garnish with any winter spices you’d like: a cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, allspice berries, and whatever else you fancy.