hot toddy with ginger + lime
The other day, I was in a cab with friends and I was going on about how there’s something about New York in the wintertime that makes me want a glass of red wine pretty much every night. I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather, or the need to wind down from the hustle of the city – probably a combination of both. And for me, it’s also probably got something to do with the fact that I’m loving the city so much right now … sort of like I’m celebrating that each night with a glass of wine. Why not, right?
Then, I get to thinking about hot winter cocktails. Naturally.
This is an arena of imbibement that I’ve never been able to fully explore as a born-and-raised Florida girl. Red wine is wondrous – it really is – but how about concocting something that’s truly designed to be drank in the winter?
The first thing that pops into my mind is a hot toddy. I don’t know much about it – other than the fact that the name is pretty adorable – so I look it up; when I see that bourbon, honey, and lemon are the main ingredients, I’m sold.
Let’s not forget about the fact that a hot toddy is a cocktail that, supposedly, one drinks when one is sick. It’s an old-school cold and flu remedy, which makes sense considering the honey and the lemon. I think the alcohol gets thrown into the mix to make you forget you’re sick, or at the very least, make you feel a little better in the moment and maybe even put you to bed sans NyQuil. All of this I like.
I love the idea of adding ginger to a hot toddy even more, and if you’re really going to start tossing back bourbon when you’re sick (in which case, can we be friends?), I would think the kick from the ginger would knock out a cold twice as fast. And for those of you just looking for a way to warm those cold winter bones, the ginger does the trick there, too.
Hot Toddy with Ginger + Lime
Ginger, honey, and lime work so perfectly together – and when you add bourbon to the mix? Fuggedaboutit.