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There are so many variations on the hot toddy, but they all stem from the 18th century Scottish tradition of trying to make scotch a little bit more palatable. Nowadays, the recipe is customizable to your preferences – you can use rum, bourbon or whiskey instead of scotch.
However you like it, the hot toddy is the perfect drink to warm you up on a winter day, a remedy to help sooth a cold, and is a favorite after hitting the slopes. It's sweet enough to soften the blow of the liquors potency, but stiff enough to warm up every inch of your body.
And if you're feeling adventurous, here are a few other ingredients you can add to kick it up:
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra flavor and aesthetics
- Grate in some nutmeg
- Steep your favorite tea in your boiling water before adding it to the mix
- Add some Angostura bitters (or any bitters you have on hand)
- Add a drop of vanilla extract
- Replace honey with maple syrup
- Garnish with apple
- Add a cardamom pod
- Add a clove
Here's a recipe courtesy of USA Today 10Best to help you get started.
- 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons bourbon, rum, whiskey or Scotch (whatever you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1.4 cup boiling-hot water
- Put the liquor, honey, and fresh lemon juice into a mug and top off with the boiling water.
- Stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
- Take a seat, put your feet up and enjoy the comforting warmth running through your body.