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?

New York Thruway (Eastbound)

Posted in Automobiles, Bridges, Travel by joncrispin on 01/12/2012

As I was driving home from Brockport yesterday afternoon the light was similar to that in my previous post, though at a different time of the day.  As my film-maker friends might say, “magic hour”. / I seem to have come down with a very nasty chest cold.  I know it is all about the virus, but I can’t help wondering if  lack of sleep and being in hotel rooms didn’t make it worse.   So I’m drinking lots of fluids and sleeping as much as I can.  If anyone else is in the same boat, let me know and I’ll post my hot toddy recipe.

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