Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hot Toddy

Makes 1 toddy
Recipe from The Joy of Cooking
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

When it’s cold and blustery out and when either of us is sick with a cold or throat woes, I make a toddy.  It is to be slowly sipped while you’re sitting in a rocker by the fire and under a blanket.  It feels good going down.  It may not cure you, but for a little while, you’ll feel pampered and warm. 

8 oz. water
1 teaspoon Simple Syrup* (recipe below)
1 jigger (1½ ounces) of whiskey, brandy or rum
1 small stick cinnamon
1 lemon slice, seeds removed
3 whole cloves

Bring the water to a boil.  Meanwhile, measure out the Simple Syrup and the whiskey.  Drop in the cinnamon stick.  Press the cloves into the lemon slice.  Put the studded lemon slice in the mug.  Add the hot water to the mug and allow the toddy to steep for a couple of minutes before serving.

*Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is very easy to make.  Make a batch and keep it for weeks in the fridge for making your favorite cocktails, toddies, for sweetening tea or lemonade.

Put equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Let it simmer a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Allow the syrup to cool before putting it in a Mason jar with a lid in the fridge. 

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