The hot toddy is as seasonal as a drink can be. When the weather is ranging from cold and crisp to windy, drippy, and frigid, a toddy is essential. But it's also quite simple, a welcome contrast to the appley, cranberry-laden holiday drinks we had in November, or the richer, heavier drinks of Christmas itself.
As if this wasn't enough, the toddy is engagingly flexible: While most people prefer theirs with a good dose of Scotch (this is one of the few mixed drinks where a single-malt is not only appropriate but desirable), a nice Irish whiskey works well; bourbon and rye can also do a suitable job, and a toddy made with a good dark rum has a special kind of appeal (and while I haven't tried one yet, word has it that a toddy made with a rich genever is not undesirable).
While Christmas is almost here, there's no need to dive into the eggnog right away. Fortify yourself for the last push before Thursday with a hot toddy, one of the best winter warmers known to mankind.
Options: This is all you need for a decent toddy, though some people prefer to twiddle with the controls a bit. Some choose to grate a bit of nutmeg atop a finished toddy, while others like to add a swath of lemon peel and perhaps a clove or two to the mix. For sweetener, some people like to use honey for the richness; I find the honey's flavor distracting from the whiskey, and prefer to use a rich demerara sugar, which gives the drink a nice body.
2 ounces Scotch whisky (or Irish, or other spirit of choice)
3 to 4 ounces water
1 teaspoon sugar
Rinse a heavy mug with boiling water, then add sugar. Add water and stir until sugar is dissolved, then add whisky or your chosen spirit.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|