With Old Man Winter’s wrathfully 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, Former Beverage Director at Linwood’s Restaurant, located in our hometown of Owing Mills, Maryland.
A little history on where this amazing cocktail came from
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.
How to make a hot toddy
First, gather all the ingredients that you will need. Start with a Maryland style rye. If you’re at a loss we cover one that we like in this skinny rye crush recipe. Next, you’ll need our honey. It wouldn’t be a good honey recipe if it didn’t involve our honey! Juice a lemon. I like Meyers lemon when they are in season, and Meyer Lemon season often coincides with flu season. (Thank you mother nature!) Boil water and make chamomile tea. We grow chamomile on our farm and there is no better way to enjoy chamomile tea than with your very own chamomile, that you’ve grown and hand-harvested. Add honey and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
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.
The Boys Club
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.
Enjoy and have one for us!