One caveat, though: go light on the Scotch, which isn't good for a cold in large doses (obviously). The spices stimulate saliva, helping a sore throat, and the lemon and honey will stimulate mucus, she writes, citing Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University. Only 4 ingredients! Hope he feels better soon :-), Just made this for myself and its definitely a great tea such a relief. Get the best of Smithsonian magazine by email. Yes! In its classic form, writes Barbara Rowlands for The Telegraph, the drink is served in a glass. I’m glad that this hot toddy could make you feel a little better though :-). x. Aw, thanks Consuelo :-) it was the worst timing to get ill but I still enjoyed it. It’s just a pleasant coincidence that they all taste good! Maybe even a marsala chai punch. I don’t have great measurements for this but it’s quickly become my all time favorite hot cocktail. I also hate hot toddies. I’ve always used honey, lemon juice, whiskey/bourbon/rye and chamomile tea. I'm thinking of steeping some spices, maybe cardamom. Hot toddies aren’t the only drinks we treat this way: honey and lemon (sans the other ingredients), tea and even at one time Dr. Pepper (yes, people used to drink it hot) are all classic winter comforts. We used spiced rum and it was a hug in a mug! Felt a little under the weather after a gum infection and root canal; a nice rum toddy seemed like the perfect solution. I was inspired. California Do Not Sell My Info ☺, Lovely, glad it provided some relief! Add a tea bag or start with tea rather than just water. Alcohol Also Promotes Sleep, But… Alcohol promotes sleep because it is a mild relaxant. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. If you decide to go the way of Hot Buttered Rum, don't feel wedded to that base spirit. For a party I’d prefer mulled wine, cider or spiked hot chocolate. The Mayo Clinic adds that warm liquids can be soothing and help ease congestion, while lemon water with honey can "loosen congestion and help prevent dehydration." That sucks! Come on hot toddy, get to work! This makes the mouthfeel of a hot drink much more full and pleasant. He has a cold right now! However, after I recently spent the best part of 2 years at home recovering from a long-term illness, sick days are beginning to lose their magic. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. My partner dislikes rum, so we've tried using brandy and all manner of whiskeys. Have you ever had a Hot Buttered Rum? This means a hot drink has a lot of ambient ethanol evaporation in the steam coming off of it. What can I add to make the concept of a hot toddy better? You can also subscribe without commenting. “Stress and anxiety will have an impact on your immune system and lower your resistance,” Eccles told her. [CDATA[ (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ]]> This rum hot toddy is just what you need if you're feeling run down or are fighting off a cold... Share on social media with the hashtag #WallflowerKitchen! Give a Gift. The hot water will dissolve the butter/sugar mixture and the whole process is kind of a fun conversation piece at parties. It can be made using any type of strong booze, but typically, you’ll find whiskey, bourbon or rum hot toddies. Kat Eschner is a freelance science and culture journalist based in Toronto. I also make sure the tea is super dark. I am usually one for whiskey over rum but after my rum & raisin ice cream… I’m now a fan. If all else fails maybe just make spiked hot chocolate. Just made this for my hubby. Hot Buttered Rum – also known as a hot toddy – is a delicious, dessert-like rum cocktail with a rich, buttery flavor that is gently spiced and finished off with a twist of orange. This is good on cold days, a cold or a sore throat. Add the rum, maple syrup, lemon and cinnamon to a mug. He says he can already feel it in his chest. Thanks for sharing. His niece, she writes, recounted this story: “Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor.” He always served it on a silver tray, “admonishing the patient to drink it quickly, before it cooled off. So I'm hanging out with some friends on Saturday night outdoors, which is going to be pretty cold. Thank you for a lovely recipe, Aww I wanna drink this whilst making christmas decorations! There is no single season for wanting to feel the soothing comfort of a hot toddy. Though one story about the toddy is that it was invented by 18th-century Scottish doctors as a medicament, she writes, in fact the drink was invented to disguise the flavor of raw Scotch. Thanks Cliff, glad to hear it made you feel better. I have been making this Rum Toddy for many years. It was a win win. It took only a few minutes to put the ingredients together – very important when you’re not feeling up to a complicated recipe with lots of measuring. I didn’t have any cinnamon sticks, so I used a little of the cinnamon sugar mix I have made ready for the kids to use on toast. And for the liquor I use FEW bourbon or FEW Rye. Privacy Statement Even William Faulkner treated ailments with a hot toddy, Today, you can have a hot toddy in many novel. The rum is to numb, the syrup to soothe, the lemon for vitamin C and the cinnamon and hot water to warm you up. So glad you both enjoyed it :). I drink it to make me sweat a lot and knock out. Their bourbon has a bit higher amount of rye in it so it ads a nice brisk spiciness and then with the bitter from the tea, the sweet from the honey and the sour from the lemon it really gives a full bodied hot drink. I’ll have to make this for my hubby.

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