It's an icy, snowy playground out there right now. But that's ok because we have toddies. Toddies warm your stomach, soothe your throat and make all those troubles go away. In its simplest form, the toddy today is hot water, lemon, honey and whiskey. For many of us raised in Kentucky, the toddy was one of the first cold remedies we took.
The magic of a toddy is the combination of the sweet of the honey, the sour of the lemon juice and the slow burn of the whiskey. They're easy to sip on, and easy to justify when a head cold or the flu comes calling. We have honey to coat the sore throat, vitamin C in the lemon to give your immune system a boost, and a bit of whiskey to help you sleep. Seriously. it's healthy!
The toddy gets fun to make in the variations possible by swapping out the water for hot tea, and using different sweetners besides honey. In this case, I'm using an herbal peach tea, and adding some ginger syrup to the toddy.
I don't know how my grandmother drank her toddies, but her nickname was Peachy, so this peach tea-based toddy has her name on it.
1 1/2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz ginger simple syrup
1/2 oz honey
3 to 5 oz herbal peach tea
Garnish: lemon wheel and cinnamon stick
Warm the mug by filling it with hot water. While that heats up, gather your ingredients. Now, empty the mug and build the drink in the warmed mug. Combine the lemon juice, whiskey, ginger simple syrup and honey in the mug and combine. Top with piping hot peach tea. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.
Now curl up on the couch, watch the fire and be glad you're inside where it's nice and warm.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.