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The Hot Toddy

mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 19-11-2016 at 05:10 am
We've all had those days where you just feel like hell, like absolute donkey balls.  Nothing treats the hee haw blues quite like a well-constructed hot toddy.  The question I'd like to pose is what is your best hot toddy recipe?  

The basic rule for a hot toddy is hot water and booze, but there are plenty of tricks, like honey, cinnamon, lemon, sugar, maybe some cream or butter or egg yolk, etc, etc.  So what's your mix?  What ingredients?  What proportions?  Which distillery is your preferred whisky for the perfect toddy?  or do you prefer brandy or bourbon or rum or something else?  I've never tried with bourbon but now that I think about it I bet a nice vanilla-ish bourbon would work well.
LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 19-11-2016 at 12:17 pm

I posted this in another thread so copy pasta:

I used Fiddich 18 for this and it was good. Also Glenmo 10 is good.

The way I do it:

I boil water and leave to cool down a bit.
The I put brown sugar into compote glassware. Then I pour the water, add butter, honey, cinnamon stick and a bit of all spice. Then I pour whisky. Then I break fresh eggs and use the yolk only, for 2 drams I use 2 yolks. add, close the glass with lid, shake well... add whisky to your taste ( best part of the recipe IMO, and the more the better rule really should be applied here )
I pour the elixir into my ordinary Glencairn glass.
Then just enjoy the health benefits the drink does to your body and soul. It replenish all your health,stamina and mana ( Geeks will know what Im talking about )

Repeat as needed 
  Edited on 19-11-2016 at 12:18 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 19-11-2016 at 13:21 pm

I have tried a bourbon and it just doesn't work for me in a toddy. As for using a single malt,especially a Fid 18, I'm sorry but I don't have riches as far as stock is concerned, so it's a standard blend with nearly boiled water, honey, a touch of lemon and a drip of seriously hot Caribbean sauce.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
holborndrinker
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 19-11-2016 at 23:11 pm

Brandy, tonic water and honey - drunk in sufficient amounts you'll soon forget what ails you and won't feel pangs of regret at wasting a good whisky.

Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 20-11-2016 at 17:41 pm

whisky review 78 on ralfy.com

"I feel like shit. I can't smell anything, I can't taste anything, I feel shitty as shit."

Get a jam jar

x2 tspns sugar
a wee dollop of all spice
add some ginger syrup
add proper hot water
a knob of butter
one egg yolk
add blended whisky

shake but loosen lid to allow the hot gas to escape

then knock it back in a oner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43znGRSy9xU

mildly amusing!!!

  Edited on 20-11-2016 at 17:41 pm
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 08-12-2016 at 16:41 pm

Well I have got man flu pretty bad at the moment but having hot milk with a generous splash of something cask strength and honey is working for me.

  Edited on 08-12-2016 at 16:41 pm
cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 28-12-2016 at 13:23 pm

sounds delicious. not got man flu but might need to test this recipe with some delicious 1980's famous grouse

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 28-12-2016 at 14:22 pm
cfosterk wrote:

sounds delicious. not got man flu but might need to test this recipe with some delicious 1980's famous grouse


As long as you like it sweet you are ok with it.
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 25-10-2017 at 20:47 pm

Looks like a Dalwhinnie winters dram hot toddy for me tonight. I've had this cold for a while now and it is now peaking. Hopefully start feeling better tomorrow and in the next few days I might be able to taste something. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 15-12-2017 at 20:01 pm

butter ripple schnapps!  yes yes, I know, schnapps in whisky?!?  blasphemy!   ...but this is a hot toddy we're talking about so anything goes.  The butter ripple schnapps is great for colds in general, it goes down like syrup, so it's maybe not surprising that it would work in a Toddy.

It will take some experimenting to get right, but I made a decent one that was proportionally 2 parts hot water, 1 part whisky, 1 part butter ripple schnapps, then a tsp of demerara sugar,  honey, egg yolk.  then whisked it.  My first experiment wasn't great because I used a too-punchy islay, but when I used a tamer whisky (but still high-strength) it worked much better.

Dyno
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 21-12-2017 at 16:49 pm

the ralfy recipe is one of the best i've had.
tastewise i think it's lovely!  happy

ajdedwards
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 09-01-2018 at 12:40 pm

My twopenn'orth for what it's worth.  Being the diligent employee that I am I save my illness for when I'm on leave, as usual it was the Christmas to new year period when man flu struck.


This recipe kept me going (and it tastes rather good).


In a largish mug ad in this order

A cinnamon stick

Boiling water

2 teaspoons of good quality honey

50ml Wild Turkey 101

2 teaspoons of lemon juice



Simple as that

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