Hot toddy

It’s claimed that there is no known cure for the common cold. This is a lie. There’s an excellent cure, but an evil conglomerate of tissue knitters, cough syrup brewers, paracetamol miners and chicken soup enthusiasts have got together and promoted this falsehood in order to sell you more of their symptom relievers.

Listen to their lies no more. Instead get yourself to your drinks cabinet/shelf/secret cache and fetch down a bottle of good . Good is important. Colds put up a fight and sappy, mass market dishwater will fall at the first hurdle, so pick something with a bit of class. Then use it to make a hot toddy.

The citrussy antiseptic of lemon, the antibacterial sweetness of honey, the numbing fragrance of cloves, all backed up by a slug of take-no-prisoners whisky. No cold can survive it. To be certain, take a maximum of two hot toddies before bed. You’ll sleep through the snot retreats and throat degravelling, and in the morning the world will be a glorious place.

Hot toddy
Serves 1

50ml good whisky
1 thick slice lemon
4 cloves
1 heaped tsp good honey

1 Pour the whisky into a heatproof glass or mug. Halve the lemon slice, stud with the cloves and add to the glass with the honey. Top up with hot water – about 200ml should do it. Leave for a couple of minutes to infuse, then give it a bit of a stir before drinking.

Tagged with: Whisky

0 Responses to Hot toddy

  1. Jones says:

    I always make these when I’ve got a cold (or my hypochondriac sixth sense can detect one approaching, any excuse) never thought of adding cloves to it like that though, nice idea

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I’ve been known to force hot toddies on people with colds. Not one of them has ever come back to me the next day and said they still had their cold.

  2. Greedy Diva says:

    I can’t believe I have never had a hot toddy. I always go for the hot lemon and honey drink. Next time, I’m glugging in the whisky for sure.

  3. Lizzie says:

    Problem is, if you have more than 3 hot toddies it becomes rather detrimental….

  4. Bellerina says:

    The hot toddy is indeed a wondrous thing. But to cast aspersions on chicken soup? Shame! Shame on you…..

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I was waiting for you to come on and defend chicken soup 😉 In fairness, it does always make me feel better. Just not as better as hot toddies.

  5. Bellerina says:

    Ah but do the hot toddies actually *cure* you or just numb you so you can’t feel the pain anymore….? 🙂

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I think it numbs me to the cold and enables me to sleep, thus letting my body get on with fighting the cold. Otherwise I sleep badly, propped up on pillows so I don’t drown in my own mucus, and spend days recovering. I tell you, it works!

  6. nibblescribbler says:

    Boy I wish I’d read this about 2.5 weeks ago…but I’ll be sure to take notes for the next time The Winter Cold (/Flu? Not sure…) strikes. And given I’m, inexplicably, awake and writing this at 5am, it’s possible that even a non-cold-issued Hot Toddy could sort out my sleep!

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I think you can apply Hot Toddies to “being awake at ungodly hours” as well as colds. They definitely help fix the problem!

  7. A cold freshly acquired on Virgin Atlantic is making my life miserable right now and the fact that I would rather trust a food blogger with my health than a conventional doctor says I am totally trying this hot toddy instead of medication.

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      Evil plane colds are the worst. Hope you feel better soon and applying some nice warm whisky to the problem helps. I like a nice flannel on my head (warm or cold, depending on the fever). It’s soothing and makes sure everyone knows you’re ill too.

  8. foodrambler says:

    Drinking through your cold is always the way to go! Hot cider with chilli, orange zest and ginger is another good one.

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      That cider sounds good. We’ve have some kicking about at home and it is a bit cold outside, so I could be justified in warming it up.

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