As we enter the cold and flu season, we thought we’d resurrect a recipe the cure all that ails you.
The Romans called it ars medicina; or, the art of healing. Preventative medicine was the primary care for disease in ancient Rome; however, when sickness reared its ugly head, the Romans relied on a number of curative cocktails and elixirs to mend their pains. Strong wines mixed with herbs and other medicines aided the common cold, flu, and other ailments. Fresh citrus and other fruits helped fortify the body. Oftentimes these medicinal mixes were close-guarded family secrets. As children of physicians, we continue to honor these family traditions with our own batch of medicinal cocktails.
The Hot Toddy is no standard cocktail. The recipe can be any combination of spirit with sweeter and other ingredients served hot. The history of the drink is just as clouded. It could be an imperial return from an East India Company training mission to India. Or, perhaps it is a 1700s Scottish staple for the long winters. Either way, the Toddy is a fine drink to help cure a cold, or to just sip on a chilly evening.
1 part Bourbon
1/2 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part Honey
1 Stick of Cinnamon
Hot Water to Taste
Our family recipe involves boiling the bourbon with honey and water, then adding lemon juice and a cinnamon stick. Stir, and serve in a mug. Feel free to top off the mug with hot water. Drink to good health.