January 11, 2012

National Hot Toddy Day

“Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.” – Sammy Davis, Jr.

It's National Hot Toddy Day!

Do you know what a hot toddy is?

No, not "have you ever heard of a hot toddy before?"; but... do you know what it actually is?

I always assumed a "Hot Toddy" was a creamy, frothy, butterscotchy, alcohol concoction (so, basically, a butterbeer for you Harry Potter fans). Well, it's not. A hot toddy is a mixture of either whiskey, brandy, or rum with tea or water, and honey, sugar, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg (as you can see there a tremendous amount of ways it can be made, so it's totally up to you). It's served hot and is said to help consumers relax and cure themselves of a head cold (not sure how much truth there is to this since alcohol dehydrates the body; though, I did date someone once who swore by what he called the "Montana Method" [or something similar] - whenever he was sick, he'd crank up the heat and drink a ton of whiskey to "sweat" out the illness).

I've never had a hot toddy before, and as both a whiskey lover I'm ashamed of this. But one of my New Year's Resolutions every year is to "try something I've never tried." And when you're attempting to eat the year, I think it's only a matter of time before that happens.

So relax! And cure yourself of your ailments!

Happy National Hot Toddy Day!