Hot Toddy Recipe

 Basic hot toddy ingredients including honey from my bee hives.

Basic hot toddy ingredients including honey from my bee hives.

Hot Toddy Recipe

Not sure how I caught this cold but it's a great excuse to try a traditional remedy, a "hot toddy" drink.

I have had two in my life. The first was when I was working in England at the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion. It had been raining for days. By the end of the week, I had to talk so much I ended up with laryngitis and soaking wet. After changing into dry clothes, my Navy team greeted me with a warm blanket and a hot toddy.

More recently, my bee buddy David brought it up the first time he heard my congested voice, noting that it also is great to encourage sleep. I rarely drink hard liquor but I thought it was worth a try to feel better. And it has an ingredient I have on hand, local  honey.

Hot Toddy Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces water (hot from the tap)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (we use the stuff in the plastic lemon)
  • 1 slice fresh lemon (if we don't have this we don't use it) (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the whisky in a large microwave safe mug.
  2. Add the honey.
  3. Pour the hot water into the mug over the spoon you used for the honey to get off the last little drops.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir well.
  5. Place the mug in the microwave for 1 minute or until it is piping hot, but not boiling.
  6. Add the lemon slice and serve.

Even if it doesn't work on your cold, it should help you sleep so you don't care about the cold!

Charlotte