JAYSES! That Wind Would Cut You In Half - Powers Hot Toddy.
Jayses, that wind would cut you in half... and then into quarters!
The damp is cemented into your bones. The shivers, like clockwork, are tingling down your spine and out through your limbs. We've all experienced the bitterness of the Irish winter (or summer).
But what can get you back to a living temperature? An open fire? A hearty stew? A hot toddy? Preferably all of the above. But today, we will be learning about the origins of the medicinal hot drink.
The root of this tipple has been argued for many a century. One explanation is, toddy comes from the Hindi word "taddy," meaning "a beverage made from the fermented palm sap." By 1786, the British occupied territory had defined it as a "beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices." The British, creatures of habit, adopted it and claimed it as their own, pouring scotch into hot water.
In solidarity with India, I've chosen to favor the second story for the hot toddy's ancestral home. Irish doctor Robert Bentley Todd ordered his patients to drink a concoction of hot brandy, cinnamon, and sugar water. Far more plausible, way less violent.
So there we have it, whiskey is good for you, and the hot toddy originates from Ireland. Fact.
Powers Hot Toddy
· 60 ml Powers
· 20 ml Honey
· Juice of ½ Lemon
· Cinnamon Stick
· Star Anise