We found out that last week that January 11th was National Hot Toddy Day! Savannah has no snow (which is no surprise), but it is freezing and colds are running rampant around here. Hot Toddies are one of the best ways to relax after work and try to kick a cold all in the same time. It is worth noting that once you are in the middle of a cold, a toddy won’t cure, but it certainly can help ease symptoms!
The first written reference of a hot toddy came from Robert Burns’ poem Holy Fair (1786). A hot toddy referred to a combination of whisky and hot water, sweetened with sugar. The excerpt:
“The lads an’ lasses, blythely bent
To mind (remember) baith (both) saul (soul) an’ body,
Sit round the table, weel (well) content,
An’ steer about the toddy.”
In our looking around, we’ve found that there are all kinds of ways to make a hot toddy. Various recipes use scotch, bourbon, whisky, and rum. Hot water, lemon, honey, cinnamon, and cloves are all pretty standard ingredients. Some people even add a tea bag to the mix for more flavor. We have a Savannah Bee Tea Honey Hot Toddy in our recipes section! Here it is:
Tea Honey Hot Toddy
-1 oz. bourbon
-1 Tbs. Savannah Bee Tea Honey
-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
-1 tea bag
Blend bourbon, Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey , lemon juice, and top off with hot water. If preferred, add a tea bag and steep. Add cloves and/ or cinnamon stick to taste.
So, what are the benefits of a honey and whisky filled hot toddy? Hot water and lemon soothe blocked passageways in the face, loosing up the mucous that can build. Lemon also adds vitamin C benefits. Alcohol can dehydrate, but also helps to “sweat out” any toxins from your body. Alcohol can also have a pleasing relaxing effect that can help a sick patient nod off to sleep. And honey benefits? We could go on about how soothing honey can be on a sore throat. Honey is known as a demulcent, an anti-irritant that soothes inflammation. When honey soothes the irritated mucous membranes, it removes the irritation that is causing the cough to start.
Make sure you always keep honey around! Whether it is soothing a cough, burn, or disinfecting a cut, there are so many uses, delicious and practical, for honey.