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YOUR DRUNK AUNT WAS RIGHT: THE HOT TODDY IS THE CURE TO THE COMMON COLD!

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HOW TO MAKE A CLASSIC HOT TODDY!

Run down from the holiday season? For decades people have used the hot toddy as a natural remedy for easing all those aches and pains that are associated with the common cold, and for the most part, it was just assumed that it was one of those natural remedies, like chicken soup, that works because your brain thinks it works, not because there is actual science behind it. But as it turns out, a hot toddy is actually pretty great, from a scientific perspective, at soothing your cold. The reason we like drugs like Nyquil is because they not only ease our congestion, they help us fall asleep, and it turns out the ingredients in a hot toddy do the exact same thing. Not only that, but the alcohol inside the whiskey also helps fight off infection and the growth of microorganisms! Whiskey is a great decongestant — the alcohol dilates the blood vessels, making it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection — and, combined with the herbal tea, squeeze of honey, lemon, and the warm steam emanating from the drink, you have the perfect concoction for helping to clear up your cold symptoms. And by the time you finish the drink, you won’t only be breathing a bit easier, but the alcohol will also start working its magic in the sleep department, making you just groggy enough so you can get some much needed shuteye. blonde-cook-hot-toddy  
Ingredients: 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1/2 ounce honey water (or simple syrup) 3 slices of fresh ginger 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky (or aged rum) Cloves Cinnamon stick Orange peel Tools: Shaker Muddler Julep strainer Mesh strainer Jigger Hot drinks glass Kettle Preparation: 1. Put a full kettle of water on medium-high heat. Separately, from your tap, fill your serving glass with hot water. (This will prevent the glass from cracking when pouring in kettle water.) 2. In a mixing glass, add lemon juice, honey water, ginger, cloves and Scotch. 3. Muddle, then stir till liquid is somewhat mixed. 4. Empty your serving glass of the tap water. Then, double strain the mixing glass through Julep and mesh strainers into your heated serving glass. 5. From the heated kettle, pour water into the serving glass till the mixture nears the rim. 6. Garnish with cinnamon stick. 7. Light a match and hold over your glass. With your other hand, carefully squeeze your orange peel over the flame and into the glass. 8. Drop the orange peel into the glass and serve. Enjoy!

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