Hot Tea Toddy
There have definitely been nights this winter where no matter how many pairs of socks/blankets/overcoats I put on, I just can’t get warm. Maybe it’s because I have poor circulation and am pretty much always cold, sometimes to the point where my lips and fingernails turn blue- cute, amiright? But I’m sure there are others out there who understand this problem. As with many seemingly unsolvable troubles, I have discovered the answer: alcohol. Alcohol fixes many things. And try as you may to warm yourself with clothing or heat, nothing beats a good drunk blanket. Thank you alcohol! This recipe is a take on the classic hot toddy, with the added benefit of tea (I used decaf though- for me, this is a sleepytime drink). Although I do think this would make a pretty rockin’ summer daytime drink if put on ice. Kinda like buzzed sweet tea. I’m a fan. I bet you will be too. As much as I love warm cocktails, I’m getting pretty sick of the cold weather here in New England. Hopefully by posting a very wintery drink I will jinx things and spring will actually begin?
Toddy (adapted from 200 Cocktails)
– 1 1/2 oz brandy, whiskey, or rum (I used whiskey)
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 decaf English Breakfast tea bag
– 1/4 lemon, sliced
– 1 cup boiling water
Place the liquor, honey, and tea bag in a mug. Add the water and lemon (squeezing for juice). Let steep for about 5 minutes, then remove tea bag.