Hot Toddy's are known to be a spirited drink, served hot, and is presumed to help ward off colds. Typically, whiskey, rum, or brandy are used as the base alcohol. Other key ingredients include lemon, honey, and hot tea. However, I am switching up the common profile for these popular winter drinks and am giving you a non-alcoholic version. Don't worry, it still tastes delicious and serves a great purpose.
Being a huge fan of tea, I adore this simplistic recipe for not only its taste, but for its healing properties. Hopefully you saw my post on the Health Benefits of Turmeric. If not, check it out as it explains just how wonderful this bright yellow spice is. Ginger is another bonus in this drink as it offers us some warming and anti-inflammatory properties. Of course you know all about the Vitamin C boost we get from lemons as well as a big boost to the immune system.
The healing ingredients & the steeping tea.
Honey is most notably used in a hot toddy. However, I switch it up and use pure maple syrup. The beneficial enzymes in raw honey can be destroyed when exposed to heat so I prefer to use honey raw unheated to maximize the benefits. That's where the maple syrup becomes the replacement. You can use honey though if that's your preference. Cinnamon is also a warming and anti-inflammatory spice helpful in treating colds while cloves have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
You can make this healthful hot toddy in a snap! It will bring your body warmth, wake up your taste buds, and give a good boost to your immune system! Just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter morning or if you feel a cold coming on. Here's all you need...
2 cups filtered water
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
1 Tbs fresh turmeric root, grated
1 Tbs fresh ginger root, grated
1 lemon slice, 2 additional slices for garnish (optional)
1 tsp to 1 Tbs pure maple syrup (adjust to your sweet preference)
1. In a small saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cloves, lemon slice, and 1 tsp pure maple syrup over medium heat.
2. Let the ingredients steep for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer to separate the tea from the spices. I strain the mixture into a large measuring cup to make an easy transfer to tea cup.
3. Once your tea is in your cup, give it a taste and add more maple syrup if needed. I like to garnish with a fresh lemon slice. Makes 2 cups of tea.