Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

The Best Hot Toddy

When you are ill, a hot toddy can truly make you feel better, it opens the sinuses, warms the throat and the lemon does cut through some of the unpleasantness associated with the flu or a heavy cold.  This is my version of the classic Hot Toddy, and I can confirm that right of this moment, it is assisting me no end.

Hot ToddyJuice and zest of a lemon

A vanilla bean

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon of honey (or more if you prefer)

2 shots of Brandy

In a tall mug, glass, beaker or flask add the vanilla bean and the honey.  Pour over the boiling water and stir vigorously.

Add the juice and zest of a lemon, stir again.  Allow to stand for a minute  or two, then add the Brandy.

The hot water does reduce the alcohol, but not so much that you feel cheated. 

Add a little lemon disc if you fancy and even a vanilla bean stirrer, it really does make you feel better!