Thursday, October 30, 2014
Medicinal Hot Toddy
I know that most people who read my blog probably do not intentionally drink alcohol, but I'm going to post this anyway, because it is a great and old, old, old-time home remedy. Toddies, in some form or another, have been used all through history and are the precursor to most of the cough syrups we have today; that's why most store-bought cough syrups contain alcohol.
My sweet devotedly Christian Grandpa C ~ who NEVER otherwise touched alcohol ~ kept a little bottle high up in the cupboard for a rare hot toddy. If he had one, you knew he was SICK, and toddies are the medicine of mountain people and any European ancestors you may have in your family tree. If you have country relatives ~ kin ~ they know what I'm talking about.
You will need:
~1 c. +1 TB. whiskey
~2 TB. honey (local is preferred because it will build your immunities better; if that is not available, try to find some clover honey)
~1/2 ts. butter
~1/4 ts. nutmeg (optional)
~1/4 ts. cinnamon
~5-10 whole cloves
~small cooking pot
1) In your small pot, heat 1 c. of the whiskey through but DO NOT boil
2) While the whiskey is heating, use your whisk to beat the egg and the remaining 1 TB of the whiskey until it's foamy/frothy
3) Once the whiskey is hot, and while you are still beating the egg/whiskey mix, SLOWLY pour the hot whiskey over this mix
4) Once blended, return the whole thing back to the cooking pot and add the honey, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves
5) SLOWLY heat the mixture so that the butter is melted, the honey is blended BUT the egg is not scrambled (the egg add a little protein, like chicken soup, that you need for strength while your are sick) ;-)
6) Pour into a large mug and slowly sip to ease your sore throat, unplug your nose and then take a long nap underneath a cozy, warm quilt.
Other variations of toddies are:
1) HOT: add 1 TB. of both whiskey and honey to a big, hot homemade mug of Throat Coat Tea
2) COLD: take 1 TB elderberry syrup and then 1 ts of whiskey
**Use your own judgment with children.**
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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><