Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hot Toddy

A question Felicia frequently hears at the Lounge in the winter when people get the sniffles is what should one drink when one is sick? Now really, the answer would be lots of water and organic chicken broth (note to self: genetically enhanced chickens have a tendency toward anxiety disorders). However, to kill germs, or at least to make them tipsy and distracted, Felicia recommends a nip of bourbon or brandy. Everyone knows that the burn on the way down means that all those germs are getting wiped out. In particular, the hot toddy is a medicinal concoction designed to ease your woes when you are feeling under the weather. Whiskey too manly for you? You can substitute brandy or rum if you prefer. Other creative substitutions include muddling a few cherries or a slice of orange instead of lemon, or using honey in place of brown sugar. Now you be careful after your fourth or fifth toddy. This is a hot drink and it will burn your hands if you spill it. And wasting even a drop of liquor is a shameful thing.

Hot Toddy

4 ounces of boiling water
large lemon wedge (about a quarter of a lemon)
five whole cloves
1 rounded tsp brown sugar
1 ½ ounce Makers Mark

Pour boiling water into mug. Squeeze lemon into mug. Add squeezed lemon, cloves and brown sugar to mug. Stir. Add 1 ½ ounce Makers Mark.

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