Well, the cold weather has finally descended on the Bluegrass. Stoke the fire and settle in for a long winter.
I have been told that bourbon cures the wintertime blues and what better way is with a Cold-Weather Hot Toddy?
Kentucky moms used this cocktail as a cure-all for everything back in the ‘80s. A hot toddy can fix a sore throat, a toothache, the flu, and once even a broken bone. Okay, one of them isn’t true, but I will let you pick.
- 1.5 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
- 1 Tea Bag
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Tbsp of Local Honey
- 1.5 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Lemon Slice for Garnish
- Bring water to a boil and remove it from the heat.
- Add tea bag, and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove and discard the tea bag.
- Transfer tea to a drinking glass or mug and microwave for 20 seconds to reheat.
- Add honey and stir until dissolved. Add lemon juice, bourbon, and a cinnamon stick.
- Stir and let sit for 1 minute.
- Add a lemon slice.
When I was growing up, a hot toddy was considered medicinal—or at least that was what I was told. It is hard to go wrong with a hot bourbon cocktail and surely the hot toddy is the top dog.
This recipe is my family’s original, but there are as many variations as there are remedies that this cocktail can fix.