A hot toddy is a cool-weather glass of cheer with limitless combinations of spirits. Few ask whence the “toddy” in hot toddy comes. This is good, because nobody knows. The closest connection seems to be the name for the sap of an Asian palm tree, but no mention of this ingredient appears in the recipe.
Although popular at ski resorts and inns, the hot toddy is not common in most cocktail lounges. This homey drink is best prepared at home.
Despite its name, the hot toddy should not be served too hot. Heat the mixture in a chafing dish or saucepan until just before boiling, and let it cool a few moments. For added flair, you may also use a hot poker.
- 1Combine the brandy, honey, and lemon slice in a mug or punch cup, and add hot water to fill. Stir with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.
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