If you survived last week’s extreme cold with no broken water pipes or an extreme case of stir craziness, consider yourself lucky. But there’s also a good chance that the see-sawing temperatures of this winter have given you a tickle in your throat that is the harbinger of an oncoming freight train of a cold.
Fear not! Drink Music City has the solution for you. The traditional remedy for the first hint of a sore throat that has worked for generations has been a mix of bourbon, honey and lemon. Or you could just cut right to the chase with a nice soothing glass of chilled Pallini Limoncello.
But more refined is the classic Hot Toddy. In the most general terms, a hot toddy is a hot drink made from spirits, sugar and spices, but the most traditional toddies are made with brandy, honey and lemon. A nice way to add some spice to the drink is to add a little of your favorite hot tea to the mix. That way you don’t have to buy a lot of obscure spices that normally would be ingredients in potpourri.
Here’s a recipe to get you started, but feel free to substitute your favorite whiskey or rum for the brandy, or even gin if you’re feeling frisky!
1 1/2 oz Castarède Bas Armagnac VSOP Brandy
1 tablespoon of local honey
The juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup of hot water
1 spiced tea bag
Prepare a cup of tea using the hot water and tea bag.
Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with the tablespoon of honey.
Add the brandy and the juice of the lemon half to the mug.
Pour the hot tea into the glass and stir until combined.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.
Get well soon!