Blessed be the mighty Hot Toddy cocktail. This combo of whiskey, spices, and honey tastes like evenings dressed in flattering chunky knits while curled up by a roaring fireplace reading Outlander. And like an alcoholic version of something that’s good for you.
The classic Hot Toddy is a cocktail made with whiskey, hot water and honey. (Spices and fruit are technically optional, but why short-change yourself?) The origins of this delicious winter drink can be traced back to the 1800s, a.k.a when the British Empire was stealing ideas from Indian cuisine and making Anglicized versions for the folks back home (see also: curry and chutney).
While our hero Dr. Todd originally made the drinks with brandy, but these days Hot Toddys are usually whisky or bourbon based. But, if you’re not a fan, rum is also a popular choice.
Thick, viscous honey is a must for soothing a sore throat, but if you’re just after the sugar hit, maple syrup or agave are fine substitutes.
Go for classic warming spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, and star anise, or mix and match as you fancy. Add in a splash of citrus juice such as fresh lemon or orange, which pair beautifully with most spirits and - side goal - give your drink a bit of Vitamin C.
If you want to avoid even the smallest possibility of a tepid drink, you can pour boiling water into your mug first to warm it. Though, adding this in as the second step really should do the trick.