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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.

30 things I love about Winter

Happy December everyone! It is a slightly belated greeting because I took a rather last minute trip away this weekend, far away from Wi-Fi. But more on that shortly…

I love Christmas but was recently asked to explain why. I’m not Christian but living in a Christian country means that we have one day each year that everybody will have off work. That’s pretty rare and an amazing opportunity to spend time with your nearest and dearest.

But there is more to Christmas than the day itself. I love the anticipation and the little things that happen in December that make me forget about the cold, wet and miserable weather and the fact that London gets dark at 4pm. I could list loads of things I love about December and Christmas and have decided to do just that, hopefully for your enjoyment too!

Pop back to my blog everyday in December for one more reason why I love this season. Otherwise known as my little advent calendar of winter cheer.


Ice Skating in London

I’m an awful ice skater but that doesn’t stop me from rushing out each winter to an outdoor ice rink. This year we are going to make a day of it – but where to go?!

I’m going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park another time so that venue is out. I’m thinking either Somerset House, Tower of London or Natural History Museum – what do you suggest?

Pinterest Finds: Autumn

Autumn might almost be over but as the pavements are covered with beautiful leaves I thought I would take one last shot at celebrating my favourite season. It’s been a while since my last Pinterest Finds so I hope it has been worth the wait!

I love London during Autumn, when the mornings are foggy and there are golden leaves on the ground. I love walking down the street with the cold air pinching my cheeks – there is no need for blusher in this weather! I like eating soup for lunch and dinner and painting my nails a deep, dark red. Getting the nice boots and a winter coat out of the wardrobe (or treating myself to something new). I love the scarves, drinking in front of the fire in a pub, baking homemade apple pies and cosy nights in with Midsummer Murders on the television.

What do you love most about Autumn?

Source: tumblr.com via Wendy on Pinterest

Source: eatliverun.com via Carla on Pinterest

Pinterest Finds: Hot chocolate bar party idea

Source: fetefanatic.blogspot.com via Carla on Pinterest

This is enough for me to almost wish away summer so the winter can come. Got friends popping over in the evening for a drink? With just a little effort you could have a hot chocolate bar waiting for them when they come in from the cold. And the leftovers will keep you going for weeks!

What you will need:

    • Mugs
    • Hot chocolate powder (or make your own from scratch)
    • Cocoa powder, to sprinkle on top
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Long spoons
    • Whipped cream
    • Those divine biscuits in the photo! (Anybody know what they are?)