Drinking a good hot toddy is my favorite way to combat the winter colds - both frostiness and illness! This is a spicy version that is especially great at keeping any kind of cold at bay.
Recipe for 1 drink:
2 1/2 oz whiskey or bourbon
8 oz (1 cup) hot water
3 fresh ginger slices
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 rosemary sprigs (one for the recipe and one to garnish)
Put on the kettle and get some water boiling.
Remove the needles from the stem of one of the rosemary sprigs.
Use a mortar and pestle to grind up the needles, releasing the flavor.
Add ginger slices in with the rosemary and grind until the ginger is more 'pulp' than 'slice'.
*If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can use a wooden or stone bowl and the back of a spoon.
In your serving jar or mug, add the honey, lemon juice and alcohol. Set aside.
Add 1/2 cup of hot water to your ground rosemary + ginger mix and give it a good stir.
Let sit for a couple of minutes, then pour the mix through a small strainer into your jar/mug to filter out the little ginger/herb bits.
Add the remaining water and mix, dissolving the honey.
To finish, toss in a lemon and ginger slice along with your garnish sprig and you are ready to fight off the colds in delicious style!
Let me know what you think!
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