Hot Toddy: a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot. Hot toddies (such as mulled cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet or cold weather. (I chose to leave out the last sentence from Wikipedia...something about hot toddies and alcohol causing dehydration.)
My husband is the king of making hot toddies for me when I am feeling a little down from the cold weather. He always lets the tea steep the right amount of time, adds the perfect amounts of honey, orange and a little something to make me breathe fire. There are so many variations to make these drinks and you really can add just about anything, but I found two that sounded extra tasty to me.
Hot Toddy #1
4 slices of red apple
3 cinnamon sticks
3 slices of orange
16 oz simple syrup (equal part sugar dissolved in water)
16 oz bourbon whiskey
Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and put over low heat. Slowly bring up to a simmer to infuse the bourbon, and keep over low heat for 5-7 minutes until the fragrance of the mixture becomes more apparent. Serve warm.
Serves 4; Cook time 15 minutes.
Hot Toddy #2
1. Drizzle a tsp. of honey around the inside of the glass
2. Squeeze a little citrus (raspberry blood orange)
3. Pour in a shot (or two) of any good spicy brandy (or rum or whiskey)
4. Fill the remainder of the glass with fresh brewed hot tea
Cinnamon stick for garnish; leave in to infuse.