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A taste for toddy

In the immediately preceding post I mentioned the need for a toddy, and it occurs to me that some of you may have grown up in culturally deprived areas where this source of solace is unknown. Prepare to be instructed. If you do not require instruction, you are excused.

For the traditional hot toddy, at least as I make it, you will need a standard short glass. Put a spoonful of sugar in it, heat some water to boiling, pour a quantity of water into the glass and stir, leaving the spoon in the glass to transfer heat to keep the glass from breaking. Squeeze in the juice of a quarter-lemon. Then pour in a quantity of bourbon until the color of the beverage is one that you find seemly. If your preferred tipple is rum or brandy, either may be substituted. Stir, sit, sip.

A variant can be made with tea. Brew a mug of strong black tea. To it add the juice of a quarter-lemon (or half-lemon, to taste), a heaping spoonful of sugar, and enough whiskey (rum, brandy, you know) to give it strength. Repeat as necessary. Good for colds or flu, also despair.

 

Posted by John McIntyre at 10:28 PM | | Comments (6)
        

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While the toddy is an excellent panacea for whatever ails you, there is also Dorothy Parker's recipe for those horrid days; she felt at times that she only wanted to sit on top of a cold stove and moan all day. Please yourself.

You could try a hot Irish whiskey:

in a heatproof glass put one spoon of honey, a slice of lemon spicked with four cloves, add boiling water, and whiskey to taste - works a treat against the common cold.

or a Russian hot vodka:
put a quarter in the bottom of a mug, add espresso until you can't see the coin, then vodka until it re-appears - has quite an enlivening effect.....

You could try a hot Irish whiskey:

in a heatproof glass put one spoon of honey, a slice of lemon spicked with four cloves, add boiling water, and whiskey to taste - works a treat against the common cold.

or a Russian hot vodka:
put a quarter in the bottom of a mug, add espresso until you can't see the coin, then vodka until it re-appears - has quite an enlivening effect.....

You could try a hot Irish whiskey:

in a heatproof glass put one spoon of honey, a slice of lemon spicked with four cloves, add boiling water, and whiskey to taste - works a treat against the common cold.

or a Russian hot vodka:
put a quarter in the bottom of a mug, add espresso until you can't see the coin, then vodka until it re-appears - has quite an enlivening effect.....

(in case this turns up more than once - scusi - but I keep getting error messages....)

Esxcellent, excellent. Medicinal and entertaining, what a combination. Having brought back a bottle of Gosling's Black Rum from a birthday trip to Bermuda this year, and having bourbon on hand as well(Jim Beam, originally purchased, ahem, strictly for cooking—is that considered the cheap stuff?), it seems I'm covered.

I keep a jar in a back corner of the refrigerator. In this jar I collect the dregs of near-empty bottles of cooking-grade bourbon, camping-trip rye, and spirits of provenance best not discussed; also, leftover bits of ginger root, stick cinnamon, cloves, and anise. Come hot toddy season, to a "finger" of the resulting spiced hooch, I'll a teaspoon of honey and some boiling water.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
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