Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Since it's rainy season out here and happens to be autumn in the northern hemisphere as well, I thought I'd do a simple warm beverage for your cozy needs. At home, I seem to have hoarded quite a number of lemons, so I thought it would be perfect to try and make a warm drink out of them, for a change. Unlike this recipe—which you can add lemons to—I'd like to make a Western-friendly drink this time, so my friends in other countries can easily recreate this drink to snuggle up to at home. When I was roaming the internet, looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon a recipe for Hot Toddy. Maybe some of you know of it, it's usually a warm beverage used to help soothe sore throat—which sometimes contain bourbon/whiskey. As I don't drink, this one will definitely be alcohol-free, although you may add any liquor of choice, if you like. If you're vegan, please scroll down to see how to substitute some of the ingredients. Coincidentally, my sister was down with a sore throat when I made this.

Ingredients
(original recipe via Tablespoon, makes two glasses)
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 500 ml water
  • 3 medium cinnamon sticks
  • 15-20 cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  1. In a saucepan, boil the water, cinnamon and cloves together
  2. Meanwhile, place the lemon slices in 2 separate glasses and pour in the juice
  3. Once it's boiled, remove the saucepan from heat and pour the mixture into the glasses
  4. Add half the honey to each glass and stir well
  5. Drink while hot!
Tips: To get the most juice, make sure you get the lemon out of the fridge at least an hour prior. If you only have ground cinnamon and clove, probably use around 1-3 tea spoon each and stir well. I would recommend letting the cinnamon mixture simmer a bit on the stove before pouring, to really let the flavour ooze out. If I were better prepared, I'd add a bit of nutmeg and ginger perhaps. If you're vegan, you can substitute the honey with maple or caramel or fruit syrup—I was planning on using date syrup myself. I'm not sure if you can heat this up, but it's best to just drink it straight away, instead of storing it for a rainy day. Speaking of which, even if you don't have a sore throat, this is a perfect rainy day remedy. Lass es euch schmecken!

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