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Gin and lemongrass hot toddy
I have drunk all the whisky and still I have a cold. I wake up with mucussy snorts, snuffling in bedsheets damp from a night’s feverish sweats. I spend my days glowing with the fuzzy warmth that only a busy virus can generate. I go to bed afraid I’ll drown in the night in my own phlegm. I’m forced to conclude that I have been treating my cold with the wrong type of spirit. If whisky cannot cure it, then surely gin will.
To count as a cold cure, the gin had to be turned into a toddy. As lime wedges are de rigueur with gin and tonics, it was the obvious choice for the citrus element. A stick of lemongrass for the spicy aromatics, star anise for its medicinal liquorice flavour and sugar to make it easy to drink brought it all together. Take that cold! Your nemesis is here and it’s powered by gin.
Gin and lemongrass toddy
2 tsp white sugar
1 stick lemongrass, bruised with a pestle or end of a rolling pin
1 piece star anise
1 Cut a slice out of the middle of 1 of the limes and set aside. Juice the limes and pour the juice into a heatproof glass with the gin, sugar, lemongrass and star anise. Top up with about 150ml just boiled water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Lave for a couple of minutes to infuse before drinking.