With Old Man Winter’s wrath fully upon us, here is a twist on a classic hot toddy cocktail that is sure to warm the soul and indulge the senses by Ricardo Garcia, Beverage Director at Linwood’s Restaurant.
A little history on hot toddy
For many years it was used as a treatment for the common cold, traditionally enjoyed before bed. Who is Toddy, anyway? It was difficult to trace the beginnings of this drink but according to The Boys Club
There are two main theories regarding the name. One theory holds that it’s derived from the name of a drink made from the fermenting sap of palm trees, popular in India at the time. According to this theory, the term would have been introduced by someone from the East India Company who was involved with trade there. The other (equally believed and conceivable) theory suggests that the name is more likely linked to the Todian springs in Edinburgh. The spring would have supplied the water to make the whiskey in the drink. Whiskey in this area might likely have been dubbed ‘toddy’, which later got pinned to the drink itself.
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Eastern Shore Hot Toddy
- 1 oz Maryland style rye whiskey
- 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey to taste
- 1/2 oz lemon juice freshly-squeezed
- 6 oz hot chamomile tea
Boil water and make the chamomile tea.
Add honey and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir.