Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Cure For What Ails

My sister is leaving on Wednesday and I'm feeling a little down about it.  Aside from her being excellent company, the woman is a great cook, and has been keeping me fed very well (and very vegan) during her stay.  But her talents do not stop at food.  She can mix a phenomenal drink.  

And as the weather has been a bit on the chilly side, and my parents and I have, at varying times over the past week and a half, been feeling a little under the weather, she has been mixing quite a few hot ones.  The two most successful?  Hot toddies and a special non-alcoholic concoction meant to chase away colds (although toddies do that quite well also).  For those upcoming chilly, drink worthy days, the recipes:

Robin's Hot Toddy
Serves 1

1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon honey
juice of 1/2 of a lemon
2 cloves
pinch of cinnamon (or if you prefer, a stick of cinnamon to stir)
1 ounce (or to taste) of whiskey, nothing too peaty or smoky, blended whiskey will do, 10-12 year Glenfiddich or Glenlivet is fine (nothing too nice is the point, but something drinkable)

Mix ingredients in a mug or teacup of your choosing, and fill remainder of cup with boiling water.  Stir and enjoy.

Variation:  In place of whiskey use rum, and in place of honey use maple syrup.

Robin's Remedy
Serves 1

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
juice of 1/2 of a lemon
pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix ingredients in mug or teacup, and fill remainder with boiling water.  Stir and consume.


Terry B said...

Ooooh! I love the idea of white rum in the hot toddy. May have to run out and try to catch a cold!

Laura said...

No need for illness...indulge yourself! The maple syrup version is really nice if you have some kicking around.

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