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Hot toddy ingredients
Presented by Surdyk's
It’s old school, but those who’ve been to that school know to turn to the hot toddy when winter colds hit. The brilliant boozy remedy is not only tasty—it actually works.
The combination of sweet, sour, and spicy elements work together to combat bacteria and viruses, while the alcohol helps soothe any aches and pains. Plus, there’s just something that feels healthy about drinking a big mug of aromatic, hot water, even if it does have booze in it.
It’s easy to serve hot toddies at your next party, too: They’re simple to make (mostly water!) and can easily be multiplied for a crowd. You’ll just need about 1 tablespoon honey (try local, flavored, and/or floral varieties), half a lemon, and 2 ounces of booze per serving, plus any extras you decide to add (think cinnamon sticks, bitters, liqueurs, infused syrups, spices). The rest is just hot water! Keep that simmering on low on the stove, or make serving even easier by filling an airpot. If you want to go really crazy, use your favorite tea instead of water.
So how exactly do you make this glorious, medicinal cocktail? Easy. The basic formula is alcohol (typically rum, whiskey, or brandy) + hot water + lemon + spices and/or honey. What you use for each of those elements is totally up to you. Melissa Surdyk, fourth-generation Surdyk of Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, has provided some excellent ideas for making yours extra tasty, so you and your guests can toast to good times and healthy immune systems.
The Booze: Bulleit Rye Bourbon is aged in oak barrels, making it a little smoky, and a lot spicy.
Basic Toddy: In each mug add 2 ounces of Bulleit, 1 tablespoon Bare Honey Lavender Blossom Honey, and the juice of half a lemon. Pour in hot water and stir.
Extras: A few dashes of St. Paul-based Dashfire Bitters’ Mr. Lee’s Ancient Chinese Secret bitters.
The Booze: Local Norseman Rum, distilled from raw, unrefined sugar and rested in a used bourbon barrel, giving it a slightly sweet, smooth, and silky finish.
Basic Toddy: In each mug add 2 ounces Norseman, 1 tablespoon Bare Honey Creamed Cinnamon Honey, and the juice of half a lemon. Pour in hot water and stir.
Extras: A splash of Tuaca Vanilla Citrus Liqueur.
The Booze: California-made Germain-Robin Craft Method Brandy has a subtly fruity, smooth flavor.
Basic Toddy: In each mug add 2 ounces Germain-Robin, 1 tablespoon Bare Honey Raw Wildflower Honey, and the juice of half a lemon. Pour in hot water and stir.
Extras: Use Early Grey tea instead of water, garnish with cinnamon sticks.