In a day and age where it snows in Florida, you'd think more people would turn to a hot drink to kill the chill.
Despite the subzero temperatures, and what seem like mile-deep snow drifts clogging practically every city east of the Mississippi this winter, people still tend to stick closely to the tried and true when it's time for happy hour or a nightcap. The continued interest in Martinis, Cosmopolitans and whatever the stars of “Jersey Shore” are drinking is evidence enough of that. So it would seem that people are fighting off the Mid-February chill with more ice - not a particularly effective approach. Luckily, there are some amazing hot drinks tailor-made to sip in front of a roaring fire surrounded by friends, or at least attractive strangers, that can take the edge off the long cold march to spring.
The Hot Toddy was originally the name for any alcoholic drink served hot. It evolved to become synonymous with a combination of water, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and brandy or bourbon. The following recipe puts a new spin on the traditional drink that adds a bit more flavor and depth while maintaining its incredible soothing qualities. It's ideally suited for sore throats, chest colds and extended viewings of Olympic figure skating. After a few of these, it may actually be possible to understand the scoring process.