How to make Hot Toddy: A soothing winter drink to defy the cold weather

How to make Hot Toddy: A soothing winter drink to defy the cold weather

With the cold winter nights continuing to shake us, we’ve had quite a few hot and nutritious soups and brews in recent weeks. From homemade tomato soups to distinctive manchow soups in restaurant style, we go for anything that will help us defy the cool weather these days. And if you’re looking for a hot beverage that is a little lighter and easier to prepare than a soup, then we have just what you need, it’s called – Toddy. Toddy is the typical ‘snow day drink’ for western countries, but it is also gaining popularity among the Indians because of its simplicity and the rich and rustic blend of spices that make it a cozy and comforting drink.

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Hot drinks are best enjoyed in winter

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Usually made with alcohol, we help you with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions of Hot Toddy that you can enjoy with friends and family. Hot Toddy is also known for its cold hardening power. The hot liquid, the mixture of spices, the honey and the fresh lemon juice are all useful when you have a sore throat or common cold. The process starts with making a simple hot tea, add the necessary spices and honey to this and finish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick to get the extra flavor. Give this delicious drink a try; here is the recipe for you.

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For the classic Hot Toddy recipe, you only need whiskey, hot water and a little honey and lemon juice. You can also use a lemon slice and cinnamon stick for garnish. Here is the method:

Take 3/4 of hot boiling water in a glass and add 1/4 cup of whiskey to it.

Mix equal parts lemon juice and honey to balance the sweet and spicy character of the drink.

When mixed well, drop the lemon slice and cinnamon stick and Hot Toddy is ready.

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The hot toddy is a classic snow day drink in many western countries

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Similarly, you can brew the second kind of Toddy by replacing whiskey with tea. Plain black tea is the best to start with because of its neutral taste; but if you go for a different kind, like a green tea or herbal tea, make sure that the taste of whole spices will complement the taste of tea instead of conflicting with the spice mixture. Here is the method:

Pour honey, lemon juice and crushed cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg powder into a cup.

Pour hot black tea and stir well, dissolve the honey and mix other spices.

Add a slice of lemon and enjoy while hot.

Try this Hot Toddy recipe as next time you feel a little under the air, or just need a push to get through a particularly chilly night. Tell us how you liked it in the comments below.

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