Hard liquor, served hot. In times past, hot toddies were often prescribed as a head-cold remedy. Today, liquor as medication is generally frowned upon because of its dehydrating effects. However, if you’re one of those people who can’t tolerate over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, this beverage may offer the relief you need—just drink an extra glass of water to replenish your body.
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 8 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey, or dark rum
- 24 ounces boiling water
- 4 lemon slices
- Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons honey in each of 4 warmed cups. Add bourbon, rye, or rum and then water. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Garnish each cup with a lemon slice and serve.
- Gin Toddy
Substitute infused gin for the bourbon.
Substitute pure maple syrup for the honey and applejack for the bourbon. Cinnamon tea may be substituted for the boiling water.