The Cure for What Ails You


Or, at the very least, something to make you more comfortable while nature takes its course.

I’m a bit under the weather, this week, so designing a cocktail for the Dakotas isn’t on the menu anymore. Not only does a case of the sniffles interfere with the tasting functions, booze is contraindicated with my current cough medicine.

Meanwhile, for those not on cold meds or just looking for an easy way to warm up from Winter’s chill, there is a recipe that can come in handy:

The Hot Toddy

1.5 oz Brandy
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2.5 oz Water

Combine the brandy and simple syrup in a heat-safe glass or mug. Warm the water until almost boiling and pour over the brandy mixture and stir until combined.

That’s the basic toddy from A.J. Rathbun’s Good Spirits. Some variations on the theme are to use a cinnamon stick as your swizzle stick, dropping in a slice of lemon or substituting a brandy-based liqueur (like I did in the Tuaca Toddy, Oct. 09).

Until next time, stay warm & healthy!

2 thoughts on “The Cure for What Ails You

  1. This works. Well, my recipe is a little different, but I think all variations achieve the same purpose. Mine’s whiskey, lemon juice, and honey. Or if I’m hacking up a lung and don’t feel like taking the time to make a hot toddy, a shot of blackberry schnapps (Blackhaus may be the name of the brand — it’s, like 90-proof) will do the trick nicely.

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