Viewing post #422936 by arejay59
Sep 24, 2010 7:17 PM EDT
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Okay...I'll try with daddy's hot toddy. The recipe has some alternatives for basis, usually apple juice or cider but any type of fruit juice can be used. We didn't have microwaves back then so he would muddle the spices then stir it all up in a small little pot on the stove. The herbs and other 'additives' all have some specific value and though I sometimes make it with less here are the important parts:
Honey (now Mekos has to skip that...I've never heard of an allergy to honey before but hey...)
Lemon or other citrus with graded rind and a little pith (yes, I said 'pith')
Nutmeg graded (dad usually graded nutmeg by hand so I do too)
Cinnamon powder and/or sticks
Clove ground or if whole, pick out before serving
Muddle this all together in a small dented saucepan, then add juice and heat to simmer (do not boil). Pour the hot mixture into a great big mug so it is about 2/3 full. Add some liquor as desired (brandy, rum, whiskey or some combination) but just enough to help with sleep. While it is hot put a dab of room temperature butter on the top and let it melt to coat the throat. The butter can be supplimented with a little dab of Vicks because the camphor will help with breathing.
Curl yourself into a big fluffy comforter and sip from the mug until you sleep. You will wake up feeling better and know you are loved.