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Thursday, February 13 2014


It has been a cold, brutal winter for a large part of the United States this year.  Even now, the deep southern states of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are experiencing catatrosphic ice and snow.  Not only have we endurred several polar vortexes this winter, but colds and influenza have spread like wildfire. 

Whenever I get an annoying cold, a bad cough, or even the flu, I find more comfort and solace in slowing sipping a Hot Toddy than any medicine my doctor prescribes.  I have no idea if there are documented medical benefits attributed to Hot Toddies, but the healing and salutary benefits I receive are real.  Sometimes I make one when I'm perfectly well, and I sip it by the fireplace as I read a good mystery or thriller.

I've been experimenting with Hot Toddies for many years.  Here's my recipe.

  • Put one tablespoon of honey in a mug (preferably local honey from your geographic area)
  • Squeeze one-half medium size lemon through a sieve into the mug (preferably organic lemon)
  • Add one whole clove to the mug
  • Add 3 ounces of boiling water to the mug or add 3 ounces of cold water and microwave until steaming
  • Add 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon (I prefer Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon)

  • Stir, grab a good book, go sit by the fire, and enjoy.  If you don't have a fireplace, just grab a blanket, curl up in a comfortable chair or sofa and imagine that you do have a fireplace.

Posted by: Jody Zimmerman AT 03:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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