Whether you find yourself under the weather or just back from a day on the slopes, a hot toddy has the remarkable ability to provide warmth and comfort. Its classic composition of whiskey, sugar, and hot water can be likened to a cozy cousin of the old-fashioned cocktail. Recently,many have experimented with additional ingredients like citrus juice, apple cider, and various spices in the pursuit of innovation, though the outcomes vary. This rendition stays true to the original hot toddy while offering optional enhancements to suit individual preferences.Start by warming the mug with hot water; this preps the vessel to retain heat,ensuring your hot toddy remains piping hot until the last sip. Next, introduce Scotch or bourbon, or for a contemporary twist, consider rum, cognac, or amaro. Stir in honey, maple syrup, or Demerara sugar, then add hot water and stir until the sweetener dissolves. For a finishing touch, garnish with lemon peel and,if desired, cinnamon stick and star anise.
- Fill a 6-ounce heatproof mug or glass with boiling water and set aside for 1 minute. Pour the water then add the spirit and honey to the warmed glass. Top with boiling water and stir until the honey is dissolved. Garnish with the lemon peel, cinnamon stick and star anise, if desired. Let cool slightly before enjoying.