Hot Toddy
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The ultimate hot toddy recipe, sweet and soothing and not to be shared.
Serves: 1 drink
  • 1 fl. oz. honey
  • 4 fl. oz. water
  • 3 wedges of lemon
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2½ oz. bourbon
Microwave directions
  1. Pour the honey and water into a microwave safe mug. Squeeze two wedges of lemon into the mug (about ¼ to ½ ounces of lemon juice total, to taste). Discard wedges.
  2. Using a small knife, make three cuts into the rind of the remaining lemon wedge. Insert the cloves into the rind.
  3. Microwave the mug for 45 - 60 seconds, until very hot and steaming. Stir well.
  4. Add bourbon and the lemon wedge with the cloves to the drink. Let the cloves steep a minute or two before drinking, if you can wait that long.
Kettle directions
  1. Set 4 oz. of water to boil in a kettle.
  2. Pour the honey into the mug. Squeeze two lemon wedges into the mug. Insert the cloves into the remaining lemon wedge as described above and reserve.
  3. When the water is boiling, pour it into the mug and stir.
  4. Add the clove-studded lemon and the bourbon to the drink. Let steep and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking.

I recommend following the microwave directions for a hotter beverage.
Any other type of whiskey may be substituted for bourbon. But bourbon does meld nicely with the flavors in this drink.
Recipe by Ready to Yumble at