What better way to stay warm than with a hot toddy? OK, maybe a blanket and a fire would be nice additions. First created in the 1700s by Scottish doctors looking for ways to cure common cold symptoms, it’s since been lauded as a “cure all” for all sorts of maladies. You can be the judge on that one. For us, it’s a fun way to celebrate a cold winter’s day.
There are all sorts of twists on the original toddy, which consisted of whiskey, honey, lemon, hot water, and a cinnamon stick. Here’s a fun recipe from Cathead Pecan vodka and Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, called the Southern Pecan Toddy.
2 oz. Cathead Pecan vodka
5 oz. Hoodoo Chicory liqueur
1/2 oz. Ceylon Black Tea Syrup (see below)
1 dash of angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a coffee cup. Add 3 oz. hot water. Express orange peel on top and discard. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
Black Tea Syrup:
1 bag Ceylon black tea (apple Ceylon if you can find it)
1/3 cup boiling water
Cover and let it steep for five minutes. Measure out tea and add equal amount of sugar. Reheat and stir to dissolve.