Whiskey does not. So when I learned that a “hot toddy” might be the cure for the common cold… well OF COURSE I had to test it out. (yes yes, we realize this won’t cure anything… but it will alleviate your symptoms!)
A hot toddy is what it sounds like, it’s a mixture of whiskey, hot water, and honey. You can use other dark liquors too, like rum or brandy, but since we have whiskey on hand we might as well use our favorite… right? 🙂
You can add other aromatics, like cinnamon, cloves, a slice of lemon, or others; and you can swap out tea for the hot water. It basically sounds like other home cure remedies for colds, except with a shot of whiskey.
Here’s a little factoid that might put a smile on your face… it’s called a “hot whiskey” in Ireland and the “toddy” comes from a drink made in India. A toddy is made by fermenting the sap of palm trees!
The recipe itself is very simple:
- 1 oz. of whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- 1/4 cup of hot water
Pour the whiskey and honey into a mug then fill with a 1/4 cup of water, dissolving the honey into the mixture. You can add a few teaspoons of lemon or replace the water with a nice hot tea. Avoid the flavored teas as it’ll confuse your palate, but your favorite tea should suffice.