Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to beat the cold this winter, and to watch your favorite Harry Potter movie(s). It is also a favorite cold remedy for its soothing effect on those who are feeling achy and congested.
In fact, hot toddies have been used for decades as a folk remedy for the common cold. Why you might ask? Well, alcohol dilates your blood vessels, making it easier for your mucous membranes to fight off your cold/infection. Combined with the steam power of hot tea, lemon, and honey you have a deliciously sippable decongestant.
Hot Toddies have been a family natural cure-all for generations. My mom makes these whenever someone in the house has a chest cold or a sore throat. It’s kind of like magic. The tea warms you up while the honey and whiskey soothes and helps you sleep.
According to the Hot Toddy experts, the type of whiskey you should use depends on your symptoms: Use bourbon if you’re just treating congestion or a sore throat, or use Irish whiskey if you have a persistent cough.
I prefer my hot toddies to be made using a strong black tea. Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea is heaven with a splash of Jameson, but Earl Grey makes a good choice as well. This is just my go to, but many types of tea pair very nicely with Whiskey. Ginger tea adds an extra spice palate to the mixture that will warm you up, especially when you pair it with an American whiskey.
This is how you make a fantastic Hot Toddy!
Old Fashioned Hot Toddy: Bring water to a boil in a kettle, or place the mug in the microwave for 1 to 1½ minutes. Remove the water from the heat, and add in the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for about 3-5 minutes, then add whiskey and lemon juice. Stir together, and add honey to taste. Enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15.6 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) <1 Sodium (mg) 7