I always thought a hot toddy was one of those backwoods cures that worked as well as snake oil and tasted about the same. Until I made one while suffering a sore throat and chest cold.
Usually, I just add honey and lemon to some hot tea and call it a day. A couple of people had recommended I try a hot toddy and I figured why not. Not only does it taste really good, but the combination of the brandy, lemon and honey really cleared my sinuses, soothed my throat and gave me a nice buzz to make feeling sick a little more tolerable.
- 2 ounces brandy
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp honey
- hot water
Squeeze lemon into a large mug and add the honey and brandy. Stir well to dissolve honey, then fill mug with hot water. Drink and repeat until you feel better or pass out.
Disclaimer: The Rufus Guide should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. If you are nursing, pregnant, about to be pregnant, or even just thinking about being pregnant don’t even look at a hot toddy. Also, don’t go within five yards of one or anyone who has had one within the last 24 hours. Do not operate heavy machinery within four days of drinking a hot toddy. If swelling occurs or symptoms worsen see your doctor. Side effects may include dizziness, intoxication, clouded vision, poor memory, loss of rhythm and bad breath. If any of these occur, have another hot toddy.