Apparently the Whiskey Hot Toddy is the perfect cocktail to warm you up , and for those who just fancy something a little different.
The story of how the Hot Toddy got its name is one of Scotland’s greatest mysteries. Some claim it’s named after an Indian tree sap drink, while others claim it’s named after Tod’s Well (a source of spring water outside Edinburgh). Nobody knows for sure, but this truly Scottish cocktail has been around since at early as the 1780s. By 1805 it was popular enough around Britain to be noticed and for several centuries a Hot Toddy was seen as a miracle cure for everything from man flu to headaches. It makes you wonder if it could have cured the ‘monkey shoulder’, a condition endured by whiskey maltmen from hand-turning barley.
While we can’t vouch for its medicinal powers, we can certainly recommend the taste and there is no harm in trying, right? The secret of a great Hot Toddy is using the right whiskey, a healthy slosh of Monkey Shoulder and a simmered clove to beat the winter blues . Here’s how to make your own:
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50 ml Monkey Shoulder
2 bar spoons sugar/honey
80 ml boiling water
Lemon wedge, clove studded
Add sugar or honey to heat-proof glass, add boiling water and allow to infuse. Now add Monkey Shoulder and stir until sugar/honey is dissolved and clove infuses. Garnish with a clove-studded lemon wedge.
Source and image: Monkey Shoulder