Modern Hot Toddy
Consider this beverage the more indulgent and intense relative of the traditional hot toddy. Opt for an amaro that offers citrus undertones and falls somewhere in the middle regarding body and bitterness. Select a six-ounce serving container to help maintain the drink's warmth.Heating the serving vessel and the ingredients is essential to keeping the hot toddy piping hot. If you're inclined to skip a step for a slightly less scorching toddy, prioritize warming the ingredients and enjoy it promptly.
- Boil water using a kettle. Take a 6-ounce heatproof mug or glass and fill it with boiling water. Let it sit for 1 minute.
- Discard the water and place a tea bag, strainer, and sugar into the now-warmed glass. Add 4 ounces of boiling water to it.
- While the tea is steeping, place another small heatproof mug or glass inside a small saucepan or baking dish. Pour more boiling water around it, filling it halfway up the sides. Add the rum and amaro to the inner mug and let them warm up.
- After steeping the tea for 3 to 5 minutes: Remove the tea bag or strainer. Add the warmed rum and amaro mixture to the tea, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Mix in the lemon juice and garnish with a lemon slice. Serve promptly.