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Friday night cocktail recipes: hot toddy recipe

Hot toddy recipe

It has become a tradition on a Friday night to try out a new cocktail recipe. After a long week at work it’s nice to take a break with a cocktail before it’s time to cook dinner, and I love nothing more than to take inspiration from cult classic (yes, really) the Gilmore Girls. If Friday night cocktails at home are good enough for Lorelai and Rory, then they’re good enough for me.

This week I wanted to try something warm and comforting so I knew this was the week to find the best hot toddy recipe. According to Felicity Cloake, the expert on making the ‘perfect’ everything, a hot toddy is practically medicinal: 

“The heat, spice and sweet and sour flavours apparently all encourage – and I’m sorry, there’s no nice way to say this – mucus production, discouraging the advance of those pesky bacteria and viruses, while the booze helps you sleep. (In moderation, of course. All things in moderation.”

I scoured the Internet for the best hot toddy recipes and they all contained a long list of ingredients. There is no doubt that using all these ingredients will create a better hot toddy, but the Friday night cocktail isn’t about making the best something possible. Friday night cocktails are about creating something delicious using the ingredients you have in the house already and as quickly as possible.

With that in mind my Friday night hot toddy recipe includes the ingredients I had to hand last night. If you have cloves and fresh ginger to hand and them in at the brewing stage. No bourbon? Try rum instead. Lemon and ginger teabags not in the cupboard? A normal teabag will do. Let me know how you make yours and how it goes!

Hot toddy recipe

Ingredients (for one):

  • Single (or a double, I’m not judging) shot of bourbon
  • Half a lemon
  • Lemon and ginger teabag
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Generous squeeze of honey
  • Boiled water


  1. Brew the lemon and ginger teabag in a jug of boiling water (just enough to fill your glass to a drinkable level).
  2. Cut a slice of lemon 1cm thick and put to the side. Squeeze the rest of the lemon into the jug.
  3. Add a cinnamon stick to the jug and gently stir. Leave for 5-8 minutes.
  4. Squeeze honey into the bottom of your hot toddy glass. Strain your boiling water mixture into the glass and stir until the honey dissolves.
  5. Pour in your shot or two of bourbon and stir.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick.

Herbal teas and some scary facts about your coffee

A few weeks ago I was sent some herbal teas to try from Higher Living. The peppermint is delicious and naturally caffeine free, although I must admit I haven’t yet found the courage to try the Sweet Chilli tea – any volunteers?!

As is the norm with PR samples, I received a press release from Higher Living a few days ago following up our initial contact. I’ve never copied a press release before (I usually delete them and wonder why on earth a PR thinks I’m interested in writing about fake tan) but their follow up email contained some facts I feel like I have to share. I know a lot of people who will be shocked how many calories they drink without realising in a day.

High calorie drinks

1. Starbucks large peppermint mocha with whipped cream – 730 calories

2. Caffe Nero white chocolate mocha – 624 calories: equivalent to 2 x pain au chocolat

3. Costa Coffee hazelnut latte with semi skimmed milk – 599 calories: equivalent to six Chicken McNuggets and a Coke

4. Starbucks Grande signature hot chocolate with whole milk – 556 calories: equivalent to a large chicken and bacon baguette with mayonnaise

6. Starbucks Venti strawberries and cream frappucino with whipped cream – 459 calories

7. Caffe Nero whole milk caramel frappe latte – 455 calories: equivalent to a large glass of white wine and some pretzels

8. Starbucks whole milk mocha frappuccino with whipped cream: 532 calories

9. Costa coffee whole milk vanilla latte – 364 calories: equivalent to a Greggs cheese and onion

10. Starbucks whole milk caramel macchiato – 337 calories: equivalent to a pint of beer and bag of ready salted crisps

Obviously drinking whole milk means you consume more calories than if you chose skimmed, but the scary thing is the calories and rubbish that go into the syrups. I rarely buy coffee with syrup (if it is good coffee, why mask the taste?) and this list just sums up why.

Pinterest Finds: Jalapeños

An interesting Pinterest Finds for you this week, celebrating the humble jalapeño. I think you will be surprised about how many ways you can use them in food and drink to really give things a kick. For those that shy away from them… don’t. They really enhance flavours and operate quite differently to other spices. They also give you that fabulous heat which I can only otherwise find with Tequila!

Have you ever cooked with jalapeños? What is your favourite way of serving them?

Source: pillsbury.com via Carla on Pinterest

Pinterest Finds: 10 ways with green tea

A few days ago I went on a Pinterest binge and stumbled (enjoying my mixed social media metaphors?) across hundreds of ways to use green tea. My mind was totally blown.

Although I love green tea and drink many cups of it a day, I have never thought about cooking with it. Now I have, you can expect some green recipes soon. Let me know if you have tried making any of the following, and if there are any I should avoid!

Source: epicurious.com via Carla on Pinterest

Source: momtastic.com via Carla on Pinterest

Fancy some more Pinterest Finds? Cupcakes, home libraries and bento boxes.

the breakfast club

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields

Ever eaten in The Breakfast Club? Sure, the queue for breakfast is always out the door – but they do bring you shots of smoothies while you wait. It is a great place to meet friends and I heartily recommend the full vegetarian; it comes with pancakes and maple syrup, and the scrambled eggs are the best I have ever had.

the breakfast club

the breakfast club

We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.
The Breakfast Club

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sunday selection

Sunday Selection

Happy Sunday all and sundry. I hope you all had a great weekend? I spent mine celebrating a family birthday. It was great to spend time with everyone and some family friends too; ended up being a lot of fun with a few surprises thrown in along the way.

Hope you enjoy my inaugural Sunday Selection!

I would LOVE to attend this party.

Any ideas how this could translate for England?

The freshest and most delicious tasting Israeli Salad recipe.

Give your make-up brushes a deep clean to remove bacteria

Awkward and Awesome Thursday is back. Thank goodness.

Get me to the cinema now.