RVA Hot Toddy

Success on the outside starts with success on the inside, so on your journey to warm and cozy might I suggest one of the oldest cocktails, the Hot Toddy. Heralded in the early 19th century as a cure for the common cold, a Toddy or whiskey punch is a nice way to stay warm on a cool evening. Hot water is poured into a whiskey, then honey, lemon, and spices are added to create a delicious and soothing elixir. Here’s a version I hope you enjoy. 

RVA Hot Toddy 

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey (I favor Bulleit rye)

  • 2-3 teaspoons honey, to taste

  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon, to taste

  • 1 lemon round

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1-star anise pod
Bring water to a simmer, pour in a mug, then stir in 2 teaspoons of honey. Add whiskey, two teaspoons of lemon, and the spices. Taste, and adjust the lemon and honey to your liking. An inexpensive source for stick cinnamon and star anise is Badia spices. Generally, this brand is found in the Hispanic food section, and it’s less than half the price of spices in the baking aisle. I recently picked up a huge bag of Badia cinnamon sticks at Food Lion for less than five dollars.

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