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Video:How to Make a Hot Toddy

with Jenna Blackwell

The Hot Toddy has a reputation for curing illness. But you don't need to be sick to enjoy this winter-time libation -- just thirsty. Learn how to prepare a delicious Hot Toddy.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Hot Toddy

My name is Jenna Blackwell for About.com Food and this awesome concoction is a Hot Toddy.

What Is a Hot Toddy?

The Hot Toddy is usually known as a toasty winter beverage made from a distilled spirit, sweetener and water. It is believed to have originated in 18th century Scotland as a mixed drink to make Scotch more palatable to women.

But no matter the origin, a Hot Toddy hits the spot on a cold winter night.

Hot Toddy Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need to make a traditional Hot Toddy are:
  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag of your favorite tea

Prepare the Hot Toddy

Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey.

Add the liquor.

Squeeze in the juice from the lemon.

Heat the cup of water and add the tea bag to make hot tea.

Pour the hot tea into the mug and stir.

If you’re not a tea drinker you can substitute coffee or simply add only the hot water.

Enjoy Your Hot Toddy

Some people think a Hot Toddy will help relieve sore throats or cold and flu symptoms. Personally I don’t need to be sick to enjoy this lovely libation – just thirsty.

I’m Jenna Blackwell for About.com Food and that’s how you make a Hot Toddy.
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