hot toddy

hot toddy

(or, how to feel immediately better)

I’m back at work today though, and turning up at the office swinging a bottle of rum is probably a bit career limiting.

Say, though, that you’re at home under the duvet, snivelling pitifully to yourself. Or maybe in a cocktail bar in a freezing foreign city on a Sunday afternoon, not wearing nearly enough clothes (because it was sunny when you left, and Dublin isn’t THAT far away, surely). Well, then it would be totally acceptable to have one of these.

I’ve seen hot toddies listed as cocktails, but that is a lie. It’s medicine.

There is lemon for the vitamins, ginger or sage as an antiseptic, honey to heal and alcohol to decongest. See? Medicine.

hot toddy
This is usually made with whisky, but it’s much nicer with dark rum, although any dark spirit would be fine.

For 1 person.

Juice of half a lemon
1-2tbsp honey
5 sage leaves, or 1/2 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced
1 shot dark rum, brandy or whisky
Hot water

Put everything in a mug, and top up with the hot water. Stir a few times and then add more honey or lemon to taste (if you can taste anything).

Wrap yourself in a blanket, and drink.


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