One last (hopefully) cold weather post


Happy Spring, eaters!

This March has certainly come in like a lion and I'm hoping the old saying is true and by next week, it will go out like a lamb. A warm, sunshine-y, breezy, gin and tonic wielding, chaco-wearing lamb. 

Right now I am in the lion's den, eaters. It's a cold, dark, headache-y, used tissue filled, antibiotic ridden place- and during drink week, no less! I had such high hopes for drink week. The silver lining is that I'm sharing a classic drink perfect for cold weather or, better yet for me, when you're under the weather during the cold weather.  

[lesbian yellow sour fruit...anyone? anyone?]

Hot Toddy
1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
1 tablespoon mild honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Here's a standard recipe for a Hot Toddy. This one is from Epicurious, but a quick Google will show this is a kind of base recipe for a Hot Toddy and they have varied accoutrements. I decided to add a bag of lemon and ginger tea to mine for the extra vitamin C from the lemon and for the amazing healing powers of ginger, which aids in digestion and settles your stomach, among other things. Honey is a natural antibiotic, good specifically for topical ailments, so it's good for an irritated throat. And the bourbon is really just to numb. And for funsies. Because let's be real- alcohol dehydrates you so technically the American Lung Association does not recommend drinking these to help your cold. So there. A disclaimer so that I can post this in good conscience. Just drink one alongside several glasses of water... so the ALA doesn't come after you. And so my Protestant guilt doesn't get out of hand. 

So here goes. It's real simple: Coat the bottom of your mug/glass with honey, add your lemon juice and bourbon (and tea bag if you choose) and pour the boiling water on top, stirring to dissolve the honey.

[Hot Toddy w/lemon ginger tea]
Bam. Hot Toddy. Not to be confused with Hotty Toddy (they lost that game, btw. Go Dawgs!). Sorry Ole Miss, ain't nobody got time for that.

Until next time,


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