This time of year often leaves people feeling achy from all the stress of the holidays. It’s also cold and flu season. Sometimes you just want a warm soothing beverage without the alcohol too. Sometimes, not so much.
I met my high school buddies for brunch right before Christmas Several of the gals had felt like they were on the verge of getting sick. My friend Chris ordered a Hot Toddy, with the brandy, but I figured why not make that same drink without the alcohol and extra points.
Basically a hot toddy is made with a brandy and sweetened with honey, and balanced with fresh lemon juice. This combination is then warmed with a cup of tea, apple cider, or just plain hot water. Adding additional spices, such as nutmeg or star anise creates a nice spicy taste, especially if you choose to make it nonalcoholic, like mine.
- 7 oz hot black tea
- ½ Tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 or three whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- Lemon slice for garnish
- In a nice big coffee mug, add the honey, lemon juice, cinnamon and cloves,
- Pour the hot tea over the spices and serve with a lemon slice on top.
- Top the lemon slice with one star anise.
Sit back, relax and enjoy this smooth and warming beverage no matter what time of day!
Have a great day!
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