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A Cure for the Common Crud: Hot Toddy Recipe

Hot ToddyI’m still not feeling real well – I keep feeling like I’m on the verge of something really nasty, but it’s not developing into anything (yet) – and Beloved had to drive to see a client over in Pennsylvania today, so I’m staying home to work (not working isn’t an option, no).  However, Beloved has come up with a warm libation that, if it doesn’t make me feel better, makes me not care that I don’t feel well.

But first, Anne over at 20th Century Woman asked on yesterday’s post if I ever made it to the volcano.  No, I’m sorry to say I didn’t – but it gives me something to look forward to the next time I’m on the Big Island.  Our other big adventure on that particular island was deep sea fishing, which was something of a bust, although Beloved has a great story about catching a marlin on a previous trip with his first wife – I’ll have to have him guest post it sometime.  Although I do have another story from that same trip (this one taking place on Kauai) that I’ll post tomorrow, the rest of our trip on the Big Island,other than the deep sea fishing, was spent either lounging on the beach at the Mauna Kea, laughing at the people silly enough to stay at one of the “big” resorts (the Hilton, in particular – good gawd, that place was huge and ostentatious), snorkeling, gorging ourselves at Roy Yamaguchi‘s restaurant or just sightseeing.

Anyhoo, as I said in an earlier post, I’ve cut down a great deal on my alcohol and caffeine consumption, but I was feeling so cruddy last night that Beloved invented the perfect Hot Toddy on the spot…after some brief research on the internet.  There doesn’t seem to be one accepted recipe – you can pretty much use whatever strikes your fancy – but according to Wikipedia, hot toddies are believed to have originated in the 18th century to make the taste of scotch more palatable for women.  Never a problem for me – I loves me some good, single malt scotch – but this is a good way to make an inferior or blended scotch go down a little easier, and it’s darn tasty on a cold night when you’re feeling like, well, crud.

I imagine if you just cant stand scotch under any circumstance (you poor, poor thing), you could use vodka instead.  You can, of course, decrease the amount of alcohol but I can’t imagine why you’d want to.  *hic*

Hot Toddy

serves 1

1 cup hot tea with lemon (Lemon Zinger by Celestial Seasonings is good)

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

1/3 shot Disaronno or other amaretto

2/3 shot Cointreau or other orange liqueur

1 shot scotch

Stir it all together in a large mug and sip while you’re curled up on the sofa with a hand-made afghan and the dog, and your Beloved builds a fire in the fireplace.


11 comments

I think I have all the ingredients except the fireplace. Can I substitute central heating or will it alter the taste?

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I’ve always wondered what’s in a hot toddy. I’ve never actually had one. Although, in a pinch a baileys and coffee does just fine.

Really Jan – you MUST come to BlogHer!

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SSG says:

I love hot toddys- though not had one with Amaretto and Cointreau…. but the extra alcohol can’t hurt. MMmmmmmmm hot toddys. I want one now. They remind me of being ill though, but that’s the best thing, they’re so comforting. I also have with out tea, just Whisky, lemon, sugar/honey and hot water. it’s all good.

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Di says:

Sounds great except for the scotch… just no taste buds for it here. But I bet it would blast a cold out of the old sinuses pretty darn quick.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

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I’ve never had a hot toddy and had no idea they are made with tea. It sounds delightful and comes with a real kick, I assume. I usually stick with beer or wine. I’m feeling a bit of the crud as well so maybe that’s just what it will take to get me back up and running. I wonder if I can get MHS to go to the liquor store on his little go-cycle?

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HBL would love this and I’m making it the next time he’s whining with a cold. I might alter the recipe just a tad and substitute more scotch for the tea, just to be sure it knocks him out…uh er….I mean, makes him feel better.

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Lori says:

I love hot drinks like this when it’s cold or I am sick. And you right, it makes you not care that your not feeling well. I was wondering the same(if you made it to the volcano)so thanks for answering that. I love your stories! Hope you feel better soon…and drinking these hot toddys should do the trick. :)

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Anne Gibert says:

Sounds like a good remedy for almost anything. I wonder if it would help swollen sore finger joints.

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stoneskin says:

My wife’s granddad (scottish) would always have a dash of scotch in his tea. It is the way forward I believe.

Monica says:

Oh my gosh…when I was about 11 I got my first cycle…and my grandma made me one of these. I remember my mother got so ticked at her for giving me alcohol LOL
However…from that day forward…I had my period everytime I went for a visit. ;)

Thank you so much for sharing this…I may just make one tonight!

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“sip while you’re curled up on the sofa with a hand-made afghan and the dog, and your Beloved builds a fire in the fireplace.”

HEAVEN.

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