Hot Toddy

A hot toddy may be just what the doctor ordered.

The past two weeks have been rough.  I’m sick with a brutal virus that just won’t leave me alone.  I’ve dealt with an assortment of symptoms: sore throat, lethargy, low-grade fever, mild congestion.  And it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere!  I feel better than I did when it first hit me but I am definitely not myself.

My savior during this particular illness has been hot toddies.  For the record, I’m not typically a drinker.  I just don’t care for alcohol these days; many times it either makes me tired or gives me a headache.  But when I have a bad cold this drink really helps distract from my misery.  The honey and lemon do wonders for my throat.  The alcohol adds a nice mellow buzz on top of my wooziness, allowing me to stop feeling pathetic and relax for a bit.  Is it actually helping me get better?  I doubt it, but I don’t think it hurts.

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Hot Toddy

A hot toddy may be just what the doctor ordered
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jennifer Farley


  • 1 cup black tea (I prefer PG Tips)
  • 1 shot brandy or rum
  • honey to taste
  • lemon juice to taste


  • Brew tea.
  • Add other ingredients.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Relax.

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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