Hot Lemon Toddy Recipe
I seem to have had a cold and snotty nose for the last four months. It’s been relentless and I have turned into everyone’s Nan with a tissue tucked up my sleeve or in my bra. The freezing cold weather this week has not helped matters either. All I have to do is step outside the door and my eyes stream and my nose drips in completely attractive fashion.
I have mentioned my childhood hot lemon drinks before, I am sure. My mother, when we had a cold, would always make us fresh lemon juice with honey and hot water. It was so soothing and comforting and this Hot Lemon Toddy has the same healing feel to it.
I have based the Toddy recipe on one I found on a website called Creative Culinary. This grown up version uses lemon, cinnamon and star anise, a spice I am certain was not even invented in the 1970’s. Do try this, I am not a doctor, but I am certain even a sip of this, makes one feel oh so much better.
Here’s the simple and scented ingredients. Some of these items wouldn’t be out of place in an old bowl of pot pourri but don’t let that put you off. That is a star anise, btw, not a dead spider.
Take a tea cup or mug and place in the cinnamon stick, piece of crystallised ginger and star anise.
Add in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey.
Then add in the whiskey, or bourbon would work here too. If you are making this for a non drinker, just leave the booze out, it is still fragrant and delicious without it.
And then top up with hot water from the kettle and add the sliver of lemon zest. Give this all a good stir.
And that’s it. Let the toddy sit for a moment to infuse and so you don’t burn your mouth.
The flavours of this Hot Lemon Toddy are warming and healing, and more importantly, completely drinkable. Think cocktail with benefits. Have a great weekend, one and all.
Hot Lemon Toddy Recipe
40ml Whiskey or Bourbon, or this can be left out for non-drinkers
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Sliver of lemon peel
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece crystallised ginger
Hot water to top up
Take a tea cup or mug and place in the bottom the cinnamon stick, star anise and crystallized ginger. Add the lemon juice, honey and whiskey. Top the glass up with boiling water, pop in the lemon zest, and stir to release the wonderful flavours. Let it sit and steep, then sip and discover it’s warming, healing qualities.