Today was the first day that the weather just snapped cold in a matter of hours. It was rumored all morning that snow was coming, which always stirs a bit of excitement. Autumn is winding down, and I was inspired to start a mini series about the rituals of this season, or transitional seasons – that fine line between Autumn and Winter. Over then next few days, I’ll share some of my favorite things about this time, each focusing on a different one of the senses. (All of them appeal to sight!)
When walking to my car tonight, I had to tip-tip-toe carefully on the slippery ground. My nose was frozen, my cheeks were rosy, and hair slightly damp from the sleet, as I point my face down carefully calculating every step. All the while I was both loving the moment and also looking forward to getting to the comforting warmth of home.
I am curled up sick on the couch in my favorite oversized sweatshirt, which was the inspiration for this recipe. My go to recipe when I’m not feeling 100% – a Hot Toddy.
I love this recipe because 1. You cannot mess it up. 2. It’s fully customizable to your tastes. 3. It requires no trip to the store – you probably have everything in your pantry. 4. It keeps you warm while soothing a sore throat or a stuffy nose.
Here’s what you need:
- 8 oz. Boiling Water
- 1.5 oz. Whiskey
- 1 Tea Bag (Black tea or spiced tea works best. I usually use Tazo Awake or Joy, but experiment with it! Maybe try a chai tea or Bigelow’s Constant Comment)
- 1 Lemon Wedge (If in a pinch, you can substitute with lemon juice)
- Honey (Amount to your liking)
- Drizzle honey into the bottom of a coffee mug. Use as much as you like. Personally, I’m not a big sugar person, so I use a minimal amount.
- Pour whiskey on top of the honey.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon wedge into the honey and whiskey, then drop the wedge in the mug.
- Hang the tea bag on the side of the mug, and make sure it doesn’t get into the whiskey/honey. (Tip: I like to wrap the string around the handle of the mug to hold it in place, allowing the tea bag to hang around the top/middle portion of the mug.
- Pour the boiling water into the mug, directing the pour so it is flowing over the tea bag. (To brew the tea)
- Once the mug is full, allow the tea bag to brew the tea to your desired tea strength. (I recommend waiting till the water turns medium to medium dark.)