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Recipe

Bourbon Hot Toddy

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Scott Phillips

Servings: one.

While a hot toddy can’t cure a cold or the flu—as it was thought to do when the drink was invented in the late 19th century—it sure can soothe the soul.

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Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 fl. oz. (5 Tbs.) bourbon
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) honey
  • 3 small lemon wedges
  • 3 whole cloves

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 290
      Fat Calories (kcal): 0
      Fat (g): 0
      Saturated Fat (g): 0
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Cholesterol (mg): 0
      Sodium (mg): 0
      Carbohydrates (g): 36
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 0

Preparation

  • Put a kettle of water on the stove to boil.

    Put the bourbon and honey in a coffee mug. Squeeze the juice from two wedges of lemon into the mug. With a knife, poke 3 holes in the rind of the remaining lemon wedge and push the cloves into the holes. Pour 4 fl. oz. (1/2 cup) boiling water into the mug and stir well to dissolve the honey. Add the clove-studded lemon wedge and let steep for a couple of minutes before drinking.

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  • Jillien | 12/28/2014

    Thanks for a great soothing cocktail. For my taste, would use slightly more lemon and slightly less honey.

  • mommelah | 12/23/2013

    Yes, my mother did, too. A tablespoon each of bourbon, honey, and lemon juice by the bed, taken a teaspoon at a time, for a cold or cough. Lemon for the vitamin C and to cut the stickiness, honey to soothe and kill germs, and bourbon for disinfection and sleep. Like you, sixty years later, I still use it as the first line of defense.

  • MissPat | 12/03/2009

    This is a tried & true recipe from way back. My mother used to make it for me if I had a cough when I was a little girl. However, she only used a teaspoon of whiskey. Seventy years later I make it like this recipe with the addition of nutmeg. It has often been said, "It doesn't cure the cold or cough but you feel a lot better." The warm honey soothes the throat and warms the chest. Give it a try.

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