Thursday, 31 July 2008

Recipe of the week: hot toddy

I've made a lot of these this week.

Hot Toddy
1 nip whisky
1 nip lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
200ml boiling water

Mix honey with boiling water and stir well to dissolve. Add lemon juice first, then whisky, and stir again. Taste, and add more honey if you like it sweeter. Serve with a side of sudafed or codral to taste...

Notes:A nip is 30ml, or 1 1/2 tablespoons.

This is a highly variable recipe. This week I've mostly been using dark rum, with a tiny dash of clove cordial. I also use Irish whisky - do not waste the single malt! Green ginger wine isn't bad, either, and brandy is classic.

The reason for adding the spirits last is to let the liquid cool a little, so less alcohol escapes. Alcohol is an excellent cough suppressant, and this can really help you get to sleep at times when it might be hard. A lot of alcohol is very bad for sleep, of course, but a little is no problem. The wowsers have caused this to be dropped from the repertoire of officially approved treatments for colds, but sod that. It works well. Don't drink 17 of them. Duh.


Zoe said...

Tell me more about the clove cordial, please!

And I agree on the medicinal benefits of a hot toddy. If you're super achey and fluey it can really help you relax before bed.

Hope you feel better soon!

BJ said...

Sorry you are lurgied. Stop it at once! I am doing enough for two at this end.

But what Zoe said, where we buys clove cordial? And do our friend The Famous, the KIND, the generous and understanding Canberra Cook go gets us some for when we gets back?

Be well. Stay well. Pats to all thems who needs it. xxxb.

Cath said...

Clove cordial is from the Murray Breweries, who often have a stall at the Kingston Old Bus Depot markets. As a cordial by itself, I find it pretty nasty. But it works well in hot mixed drinks. Rum and clove matches especially well.

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