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How to make a Hot Toddy

Winter is almost upon us, and one of my favorite remedies for the pesky illnesses, such as colds and flus, that are in abundance this time of year, is a Hot Toddy. Not really sure why we call it a Hot Toddy, but you can call it a hot whiskey if you like.


So here’s what you’re gonna need….

1 measure of your favorite Irish whiskey.

2 teaspoons of sugar – brown is best, white will do.

6 – 8 cloves.

2 slices of lemon – slice it at about 5mm thick.

8 ounce of boiling water – the less water you add, the stronger the drink will be.

A sample selections of Irish Whiskeys (Pic from Wikipedia)

Now here’s what you gotta do with all that good stuff you’ve gathered…

Prepare your lemons – pierce each slice with 3 or 4 cloves.

Drop your sugar into a heat proof glass and pour your whiskey on top.  You can add a metal spoon to the glass to ensure it doesn’t crack from the boiling water.

Put your lemons into the glass with the whiskey.

Add the boiling water, stir it all up so the sugar dissolves, and serve!


I always find drinking it while it’s still hot ensures it has the best affect.  And if it’s not working after the first one, I have another 🙂