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Thoughts about breaking a leg

I’ve broken my leg so there won’t be any blogs about London life for a little while. I don’t have any hobbies, I just spend my spare time exploring London and trying new things in the city, so to have that taken away for any amount of time was always going to leave a huge gap in my life.

It’s been just over a week since the accident and I’m frustrated by the lack of freedom. My mind is still sluggish after the operation and painkillers add to that weariness. To get my mind back on track and to collect my thoughts I’ve set myself the task of free writing a short blog post every couple of days.

Anything to stimulate my brain and make a connection with the outside world!

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.