Hot Your Toddy

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Do y’all mind having a little fun today? It seems lately my entire town has been sick with this cold/rsv/flu thang, and we are all sick and tired of it.

Literally.

This sickness has woven itself into the fabric of our social scene and we just can’t have that! We’ve missed AWANA games, Bunco, coffee… You name it, we’ve missed it!

Yes, ma’am I am shaking things up a bit today as I share my great grandma’s cold remedy. For y’all with more sophisticated palates, this might not be for you. But for all y’all down-right-desperate-sick folks, you may reconsider.

First, y’all should know some background: My great grandma had a little Arkansas with a dash of Tennessee in her. I say this because her backwoods, gun carrying, moonshine making, bunker owning version may offend. But don’t worry my sweet sisters, I will also provide the Southern Baptist Version.

There were several occasions my mama made a hot toddy for me, minus the splash of whisky. But whisky or not, this traditional southern staple was, and remains to be an old home remedy for the cold and flu.

Hot Toddy

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Ingredients for the Southern Baptist Version:

Big ole mug

8 oz boiling water

¼ tsp ground ginger

3 whole cloves

Cinnamon Stick

2 green tea bags

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or splash of apple cider vinegar

1 splash of (whiskey) or not…

Slice of lemon

Boil the water, stir ginger, cloves, cinnamon stick; add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags. Zap in microwave for 1 minute to get it real hot; then stir honey and lemon juice right in (optional heathen splash). Drop in lemon slice. Drink it while it’s hot, take a warm bath with some essential oils and crawl into the warm bed.

Bless your hearts and feel better sweet friends!!

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One Response

02.11.13

Love this recipe and my grandma was baptist, too! She used whiskey in her hot toddy mix and would take it to church to give to folks. I don’t remember anyone being offended, but they sure were thankful! Blessings and thanks for the memory boost!
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