Jon Crispin's Notebook

Hot Toddy

Posted in Food, Health by joncrispin on 02/12/2012

I am drinking one as I write this.  It seems kind of silly as it is the essence of simplicity to make a hot toddy, but here’s what I usually do.  (I am making two here since even if you are not sick it will really hit the spot.  Cristine loves them.)  Three main ingredients.  A thick slice of lemon, a big teaspoon of honey,  and some amber liquid (I usually use a fairly cheap blended Canadian whiskey, but others use rum or scotch, or well, just about anything.  I would welcome suggestions for alternatives for those of you who don’t use alcohol.)


Put the lemon, honey and alcohol into a big mug.  I like these glass ones.  Boil some water and add.  Stir until the honey is dissolved and everything is well mixed.

You can see from the mug on the left that I left the pips in the lemon slices.  They add a certain rusticness (is that a word?).  / The main reason I am posting this is that I did get several responses from the previous post.  But leamuse’s comment sealed the deal. “The Mistral is blowing here in The Mediterranean so let’s have the recipe!”  How could I resist?

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  1. gjaniej said, on 02/12/2012 at 8:47 pm

    I’m going to make one right now! With Temperance Bourbon from Portland, Oregon.

  2. leamuse said, on 03/12/2012 at 2:50 am

    Merci beaucoup monsieur! 🙂 J’en ferai ce soir! (I shall make some tonight)

    • leamuse said, on 03/12/2012 at 2:51 am

      I don’t have any whisky on hand, perhaps some Calvados?

  3. thebestkatiejones said, on 03/12/2012 at 12:20 pm

    As far as the alcohol free toddies are concerned; I have never tried them but there are at least two “alcohol-free whiskey-flavored beverages” out there in the world that may be an option to substitute. One is called Arkay and the other is called Black Zero. Again, I have never tried either of them. The reviews of them online seem to run the gamut as well so I can’t say whether they would be any good, but they are out there and supposedly available on the internet (since they are non-alcoholic they technically count as “soft drinks” and aren’t under the same shipping restrictions as actual alcohol.)

  4. Karen said, on 07/12/2012 at 6:01 pm

    Perhaps rusticity or rustication? We architectural and landscape historians know our vernacular terms!

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