It’s cold and flu season again unfortunately, and perhaps that means it’s time we stock up on the ingredients to make a hot toddy. – but wait, ‘what is a hot toddy’? I hear you ask? – well, it’s an Irish essential for January, and for cold and flu season. The ultimate comfort made with lemon, honey, plumping hot water and wonderful Irish whiskey – the perfect way to warm up on a winters night, but read on to discover…

So , I just got over a cold myself, and I can tell you, nothing eased my symptoms better than a warm glass of toddy… Yeah, great excuse, I know!! In addition to the whiskey relaxing your body and helping you to sleep, good ol’ Irish whiskey helps to fight off infections and the growth of microorganisms. Yip, it’s true. In fact when you make this recipe you may not want to wait until you have a cold as it’s a delicious winter pick me up drink!

So, for all of you who are feeling a wee bit under the weather, I say make yourself a nice Irish hot toddy and go to bed… when you wake up in the morning your body will thank you for it!

Here’s the recipe:

Hot Toddy

  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon Juice
  • 1 lemon peel twist
  • 4 cloves
  • Boiling Water
  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey

How to make it

  1.  Prepare the lemon twist by studding with cloves and set aside.
  2. Warm up a glass by filling it with boiling water and then discarding.  Add the honey and lemon juice to the glass and then pour over the boiling water filling the glass half full.  Stir to dissolve the honey and the add the lemon and clove twist
  3. Finally, top with the Irish whiskey and gently stir.
  4. Enjoy!