December 14, 2010
I did not expect to take this large of a break between posts but family emergencies and feeling icky got in the way. Now I’m back just in time for the snow flurries and Christmas preparations to introduce the Hot Toddy! A warm and fuzzy drink to compliment wrapping presents and a slightly sore throat.
The Hot Toddy has been a favorite of mine for a few years, it’s hard to imagine my evening tea any other way when snow is falling and the radiator is hissing. A simple beverage to make, you basically prepare your favorite cup of tea and add a shot (or two) of Whiskey or Brandy or even Rum. Traditionally, you should add some cinnamon and clove, honey and lemon but whatever wintry spices you have available will make a good cup. Just boil some water and combine it all, no more explanation needed than that.
My first Hot Toddy this season was sipped while diving into a knitting project and wrapping presents. I’m making a strong effort against being lazy lately. The idea of a cozy cup of spiked tea encourages me to hibernate at home and work. I take these moments to slow down and focus on my goals rather than Facebook or Twitter updates.
Although, Wikipedia has deemed it necessary to warn people not to treat their colds with a hot toddy (causes dehydration) I do think it helps a sore throat. Drink some water afterward to take care of the dehydration issue.