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