hot toddy

It's starting to feel like winter in Denver. There's just a little bit of snow on the ground. I finally had to close my windows. My car is covered in frost each morning. I'm using gloves and hats and winter coats on a regular basis. And to make the transition complete, I now have my first (and hopefully last) winter sinus infection. I'm currently sitting on the couch, waiting for my Mom to bring over some soup (yes, your Mom can still bring you soup when you're sick, live alone and are almost 30 years old). And the only thing better than soup when you're sick is a Hot Toddy. These delicious winter drinks will help you feel better if you're fighting off a cold or if you're just plain cold from the winter weather.

There are so many different ways to make the Hot Toddy, making it a very versatile drink.

Here are a few Hot Toddy Recipes to keep you warm! (PS. Are you wondering whether it's wise to drink Bourbon when you're sick? I like to tell myself that the honey and vitamin C from the citrus more than compensates for the alcohol...)

The Traditional Hot Toddy

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For me, this is a traditional hot toddy. It has cinnamon, cloves, lemon, honey and bourbon. Simply add hot water. It's warm, delicious and I'm not ashamed to admit I drank two of these last night...

See all the details from The Boulder Locavore

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The Intensi-Toddy

This hot toddy calls for spiced rum, tea bags and cayenne pepper in addition to the traditional ingredients. It sounds (as it's name would imply), intense. I'm not sure it's best for curing a cold, but it sounds like a fun little twist on the traditional version.

Find all the details for this hot toddy from Joylicious

Grapefruit Toddy

grapefruit hot toddy

I love love love grapefruit. Since a hot toddy works well with all citrus fruits, why not swap out lemon for grapefruit? I think I'm going to try this version tonight. Grapefruit + bourbon? How can you go wrong?

Edible Finger Lakes has all the specs for this drink

Gin Hot Toddy

Gin or Tequila Hot Toddy

Traditionally, hot toddys are made with bourbon or rum. But if you're up for something a little more adventurous, check out these recipes from Shoot to Cook. One uses bitters, another gin and the last tequila. A tequila toddy doesn't sound too appealing to my sick body right now...but the gin and tequila options would be perfect as a fun holiday drink.

Blood Orange Toddy

One final hot toddy option uses Meyer Lemons and Blood Oranges. I love the color of this toddy. It has the look of a tropical drink, but the taste of winter.

You can find out more about this hot toddy from food52

Do you have a favorite version of the hot toddy?

Excuse me while I go blow my nose, eat my soup and boil some water for one of these...