Posted on | January 23, 2013 | 2 Comments
I have had it up to HERE with being sick (I know you can’t see me…just imagine me waving my hand way above my head in a manic fashion). Last night, I sent out a distress call on Facebook.
“Hot toddy recipes, please?”
What I got was an amazing response to wonderful friends who are probably really sick of hearing me complain. People commented and sent me recipes for hot toddies AND for homemade chicken soup. My dear friend, Stef, sent me the chicken soup recipe. And I concocted a mish-mash of hot toddy recipes to create my own thanks to several recipes I was given. If you’re not from the South, you may not be familiar with hot toddies. They are a concoction of tea, lemon, honey, and whatever someone’s grandmother once told them would help them get over a sickness. Toss in a shot of dark liquor, serve it hot, and you’re good-to-go. I’ve never tried one. I hate dark liquor, so I tend to steer away from it. But I was desperate. I won’t share Stef’s recipe because it is her’s and her’s alone, and it is one I had never really seen before, so I’ll let her share it with you if she cares to give up her secrets. All I will say is that it will make you sweat, but I swear, I felt better after the first bowl.
As for the hot toddy recipe, I’ll share what I came up with for you (but a big thanks to Michelle L., Michael J., Jessica B. Brandy H. Paige C., Molly T., Amanda E., Janna C., Lindsay H., Lindsay B., Stephanie P., and Teirney M. y’all are life-savers).
Cold Killer Hot Toddy
10 cups of water
4 cinnamon sticks
1 orange sliced
3 tablespoons of honey
5 tea bags (I used orange tea)
Whiskey or bourbon (I used Jack Daniels)
1) Heat the water, cinnamon, and oranges in a large pot. Simmer for about thirty minutes to an hour.
2) Strain and return water to pot.
3) Brew tea bags to desire strength and remove.
4) Add honey and heat to desired temperature.
5) Measure out a big, full cup.
6) Add in a shot of liquor and a squeeze of lemon.
7) Reserve the rest for the next night.
One drink will probably do ya unless you’re looking to get drunk while sick, which I really do not recommend. Go to bed immediately after drinking. Immediately. It made me so tired, but I waited up with Taylor. By the time I went to bed, some of the tiredness had faded, and it took me a bit longer to fall asleep than I had planned.