It slides down my throat with the greatest of ease. Ha! Who said that? That’s a fallacy. Mom made me drink it whenever I got sick. Yuk. Her recipe was unique, hot water, tea, honey, whiskey, and milk. It was the worst. I got better fast. I had no choice. If I didn’t get better fast, I had to drink another and another. Horrors.
Here are the details, without milk, according to Wikipedia:
It’s called a hot toddy, also hot totty and hot tottie as well as hot whiskey in Ireland. It is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drank before going to bed, or in wet or cold weather. Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu — in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes it as “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.”
Traditional Scottish preparation of a hot toddy involves the mixture of whiskey, boiling water and sugar or honey. Additional ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon (in stick or ground form) may be added.
A common version in Ontario typically consists of heated ginger-ale, honey, and either whiskey or brandy. It is often recommended to heat the ginger-ale before adding the whiskey or brandy, otherwise, the heating process will reduce the alcoholic effects of the liquor.
Hot Irish Whiskey
I did not know that whiskey, when heated, reduces its numbing effectiveness. Did you?
- Grog is the name of a similar drink based on Rum in several cultures.
- List of hot beverages
- Tamagozake, the traditional Japanese cold cure, uses heated sake mixed with egg.
- “Definition of Hot Toddy”. Princeton WordNet. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
- Nigel Slater (March 13, 2011). “Nigel Slater’s classic hot toddy recipe”. The Guardian. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- “How to make a Hot Toddy”. LifeOverHere.com. January 3, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- “Wisconsin Winter Toddy”. Princeton WordNet. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
- “Glossaries: India”. Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive. Macquarie University. 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2012. Toddy: palm wine made from the sap of the palmyra palm.
- “Hot Toddies”. Conan’s Pub. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- MacKay, Charles. A Dictionary of Lowland Scotch (1888)
Chicken soup made with love or hot toddy made with liquor . . . What’s your pick when you have a cold?