It’s cold and the snow is falling. You don’t have a fireplace to warm you, but you do have whisky, tea, honey, and lemon. So you turn to the hot toddy, your old winter warmer friend. You drink with an appreciation that only viral praises and infinite lists of hot toddy variations married together on the internet can grant. But, believe it or not, your liquid friend has been centuries in the making.
Also known ashot whiskey in Ireland, it's typically a mixed drink made of liquor and waterwithheather honey, herbs (such as tea) and spices, and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, in wet or cold weather or to relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu. In How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as “the vitamin Cfor health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.