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A hot toddy, also hot totty and hot tottie as well as hot whiskey in Ireland and Scotland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey (or, in some recipes, sugar), herbs (such as tea) and spices, and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather. Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu — in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as "the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb."
A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whiskey, rum, or brandy), boiling water, and honey (or, in some recipes, sugar). Additional ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon (in stick or ground form) are often also added. The drink can also be made with tea instead of water.
A common version in Ontario typically consists of heated ginger ale, honey, and either whiskey or brandy. It is often recommended to heat the ginger ale before adding the whiskey or brandy, otherwise the heating process will reduce the alcoholic effects of the liquor.
It has also been suggested that the name comes from the toddy drink in India, produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees. The term could have been introduced into Scotland by a member of the East India Company.
- Grog is the name of a similar drink based on Rum in several cultures.
- List of hot beverages
- Tamagozake, the traditional Japanese cold cure, uses heated sake mixed with egg.
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