The Hot Toddy is a very popular drink in the United Kingdom. It consists of a kind of cocktail, based on water with honey, liquor and different spices, which is served very hot. It is perfect to warm up these cold days. But it is also a drink to which medicinal properties are attributed. If you dare to try this curious and original drink, do not miss the Hot Toddy recipe.
This drink, as we said, is typical of the United Kingdom. In Ireland it is known as Hot Whisky, where this cocktail acquired the enormous fame it has today. Although it is said that its origin is Scottish.
A multitude of beneficial and healing properties are attributed to the Hot Toddy. In fact, it is traditional to drink it before going to bed in countries with cold and humid climates to alleviate symptoms of flu or colds. It is also an infallible remedy simply to warm up.
Homemade Hot Toddy Recipe
Preparing this drink is very simple. And, in addition, we have a multitude of options to go out of the original recipe and give it our own touch. The Hot Toddy is made with alcoholic beverages; the most common is whiskey, but we can use many other beverages. It also contains hot water and honey, or any other sweetener of your choice. For example, in Canada honey is replaced by maple syrup.
We are going to use Whisky for this recipe, as it is the most popular drink to make Hot Toddy. But you can substitute it with another liquor of your choice. For example, rum is delicious. And you can also try it with Brandy.
Although we will simply use hot water for this recipe, some people add tea. So, if you dare to try it this way, add one or two tea bags to the hot water before preparing the mixture. It will give a delicious touch!
We will also use honey, which you can substitute for any other sweetener, even sugar. Although the medicinal properties of the drink will not be the same because, to use it as a home remedy, honey is one of the most fundamental pillars.
And finally, take the courage and replace (or combine) the lemon juice with orange juice. Or add other spices of your choice such as ginger or a cinnamon stick to give it a delicious touch.
Hot Toddy recipe, the UK’s anti-cold drink
- 1 Cup Hot water
- 1/4 Cup Whisky
- Lemon juice (to taste)
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Slices Ginger
- We begin by heating the water. We can do it in a small pot or in the microwave. We put it in a wide glass to be able to mix the ingredients well. Add the honey and sliced ginger. Mix until the honey dissolves.1 Cup Hot water, 1 Tbsp Honey, 2 Slices Ginger
- Add the whiskey and lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot.We can serve the drink with a slice of lemon or even with a cinnamon stick to give it more aroma.1/4 Cup Whisky, Lemon juice
Why are medicinal properties attributed to it?
The Hot Toddy is a traditional drink from the United Kingdom is very popular because it is attributed with a multitude of medicinal properties, but what is true?
Being a hot drink, it helps to warm up. In addition, the combination of its ingredients helps us to sweat while we sleep. This is the way our body eliminates toxins.
In addition, the sweet ingredients, such as honey; with acids, such as lemon, stimulate the secretion of saliva and mucus; which are our first line of defense against pathogens.
And finally, alcohol. For years alcohol has been used as a home remedy for a multitude of ailments, such as toothache. It is true that it is not a very healthy alternative; but it helps us to get to sleep, and at the same time it is a perfect enhancer of psychological well-being.
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