Winter Warmer: How to Make a Ginger Hot Toddy
The hot toddy has always been touted as an elixir of health. Feel a tickle in your throat? Soothe it with lemon, honey and warm Jimmy Beam. Whether or not that’s scientifically true, I’m going to argue here that the addition of fresh ginger really does take the toddy from cocktail to curative. Along with infusing flu-fighting, cold-busting, upset-stomach-canceling properties into the drink, ginger kicks up the heat in such a nice way. After a few sips, you’ll have a golden rays of warmth radiating from your stomach—just the thing on a cold dark night. Or day? Morning? We’re not judging. Now break out a bottle, put the water on to boil and get ready to get cozy.
Note: Here’s the Classic Hot Toddy Recipe from Imbibe Magazine, I just add a few slices of fresh ginger to the water as it boils in order to make an infusion. The longer you boil it, the more the ginger taste develops. Now drink—and be well.
1 1/2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
1 barspoon honey
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. boiling water
Glass: teacup or mug
Garnish: lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a warmed teacup or mug and stir to combine. Garnish.