Cold weather and cold symptoms should not impede your ability to throw a couple back. In fact, it provides you with a perfect excuse to have a cocktail in the name of therapeutic benefit. This version of the hot toddy uses Irish whiskey (and Thomas’ name) to mix things up a bit but the general idea is the same: a warm drink with soothing flavors and a decent buzz.
Equipment Needed: Mason Jar or Mug or Thick Walled Glass, Shot Glass, Spoon, Tea Kettle (optional)
- 1 shot Irish whiskey (we stuck with Jameson)(about $20/750 ml)
- 1 tea bag (no need to get fancy, just use a generic tea bag or black tea for this application)(about $5/box of 100)
- 1 TSP honey ($4.39/12 oz)
- 1/4 lemon wedge ($0.50/lemon)
- 4-8 whole cloves (about $3/1.75 oz jar)
- 2 cinnamon sticks ($3.59/2 oz jar)
- Heat up some water for your tea; you can either do this in a tea kettle or in the microwave (or over an open fire if you’re the rustic type). When it’s just short of boiling add the tea bag to your glass and pour in the hot water. Let it steep (or soak for you lay people) for about 3 minutes; 5 if you want it stronger.
- Once the tea has gotten to your desired level of strength remove the bag and stir in the honey and whiskey. Drop in your cinnamon sticks.
- Squeeze in the juice of your lemon wedge. Take the whole cloves and push them into what’s left of the lemon and toss the flavor bomb into the mix. Stir, sip and repeat until your cold is gone (or you’ve passed out and don’t care anymore).