With fall officially here, it is time to indulge in one of my cool weather favorites…the hot toddy. It is a much needed balm when it is damp and cold and I’m recovering from a sinus infection. The warm alcoholic drink soothes my sore throat and warms me all over.
You can use any type of spirit for your hot toddy. The traditional recipe is a mix of whiskey, hot water, sugar, and lemon or orange. I recommend you avoid the cheapest bottles, though. I think the heat can make the alcohol taste even sharper, so I go with one of my favorite (and affordable) standbys – Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon.
Bourbon Hot Toddy
Makes 1 drink
lemon slice studded with cloves
1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
pinch of grated nutmeg
1 1/2 ounce bourbon
4 to 6 ounces boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
Drop the clove-studded lemon slice into the bottom of your heat-resistant mug. Add sugar, nutmeg, and bourbon. Pour in hot water and stir with cinnamon stick.