Hot Toddy

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It’s cold season and this winter has been harsh. Having succumbed to the evil flu earlier this week, I decided to explore the aged old cure all, the hot toddy. I started with a tea-based toddy, but really took to a clove, cinnamon and lemon rind mix. Simmering those spices unleashes all their goodness and lets it get into your bones, really.

Of course, you’ll want to keep doing all the other things you need to do to get over a cold.

Doubt the Toddy’s power? A nice reader credits this recipe for easing her father’s asthma. We’re not doctors, but we do think a well-made hot toddy can make that cold just a bit more bearable.

Check out these other great toddy recipes:

Or, if you’re new to the toddy, start with the classic formula:


  • 1 oz whiskey, brandy or rum
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ lemon
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Whole clove


Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey, add liquor and juice of the lemon. On the side, boil water with cinnamon, cloves and lemon rind for about 3 minutes. Pour the water through a strainer into the mug. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge.

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