If the Russians are used to fighting colds with raspberry jam, then the Irish and Scots use the Hot Toddy drink for treatment, which has an excellent taste, perfectly warms and saturates the body with vitamin C. This tea with whiskey, honey and lemon is the British equivalent of the more popular grog, punch and mulled wine, but is prepared easier and faster.
The cocktail “Hot Toddy” was invented in Ireland in the XVII century, and a few decades later, the Scots also became addicted to this drink. In the cold, damp climates of both countries, whiskey diluted with hot tea was the best drink to warm up. Also, “Toddy” was liked by the ladies, because it was low-alcohol and flavorful.
Originally, “toddy” was an Indian palm wine with spices, which got to Europe thanks to the British East India Company. In the first recipes of “Hot Toddy”, the sailors heated palm wine with spices, honey and lemon, trying to make something similar to mulled wine, but the taste of the drink was mediocre. Then the Irish thought of replacing Indian wine with hot tea with whiskey, and a modern version of “Hot Toddy” appeared.
The Scots put forward another version, according to which the “Hot Toddy” with whiskey is named after the famous Edinburgh natural spring Todswell (Tod’s Well).
Composition and proportions:
- whiskey (scotch, bourbon) – 100 ml;
- water (boiling water) – 300 ml;
- tea (tea brew) – 1 teaspoon;
- honey – 2 teaspoons;
- lemon – 1 piece;
- cinnamon – 1 stick (optional);
- carnation – 1-2 buds (optional).
If you replace the whiskey with calvados, and take 30-40 ml of apple juice instead of lemon, you will get an alternative cocktail – “Apple Toddy”.
Classic recipe for ” Hot Toddy»
1. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves. Stir, cover, and let stand for 2-3 minutes.
2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the tea, pour in the whiskey, add the honey, and mix.
3. Strain the drink through a strainer, add cloves and cinnamon if desired.
4. Serve Hot Toddy hot or warm. You can decorate with a slice of lemon.