As the temperatures start dropping the days get shorter, the desire to stay warm cozy indoors gets stronger. One of the best ways to beat the cold is by enjoying a hot toddy. This iconic winter drink not only warms you up from the inside, but it can also soothe a sore throat, calm the nerves, help you sleep better.
Here are a few simple steps to making a delicious hot toddy that will make you feel all warm fuzzy inside:
1. Choose your spirit: Traditionally, hot toddies are made with whiskey, but you can use rum or brandy if you prefer. Just remember that the stronger the spirit, the more warming it will be.
2. Add some sweetness: To balance the strong flavor of the spirit, add some sweetness. You can use honey, sugar, or maple syrup. If you have a cold, you might want to add some lemon juice, which is known to soothe sore throats.
3. Spice it up: The quintessential hot toddy includes spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. But you can also experiment with other spices like cardamom or ginger.
4. Heat it up: Once you’ve added all your ingredients, heat the mixture in a saucepan or microwave until it’s piping hot.
5. Serve it up: Pour the hot toddy into a mug garnish it with a cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, or orange peel, depending on your taste.
It’s important to note that hot toddies are meant to be consumed in moderation. While they can help you feel warm cozy, they can also be strong dehydrating. So be sure to drink plenty of water enjoy your hot toddy responsibly.
In conclusion, a hot toddy is the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter night. With these simple steps, you can make your own version of this classic drink that suits your taste preferences. So go ahead, grab a blanket, snuggle up with a delicious hot toddy.