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THE RECIPE

Hot Tea Toddy

Tea time just got way more interesting

It was originally thought that the hot toddy was a remedy for the common cold or flu, a claim that the American Lung Association (among other experts) have shot down. Well, not to fear! It may not be medicinal but a Hot Toddy can certainly be therapeutic. Traditionally a combination of a spirit (like bourbon, scotch, or rum), citrus, hot water, and a sweetener (like sugar or honey), the Hot Toddy has as many variations as one can imagine. We especially like David’s version, which swaps out peppermint tea for plain old hot water, giving the drink a refreshing minty flavor. And, using scotch instead of bourbon or rum adds a smokey backbone to the concoction, combining with the mint, honey, and lemon for the perfect remedy to your cold weather blues.

THE CHEF

David Ziegler-Voll

Bon Vivant, Package Designer, Blogger

David Ziegler-Voll from David the Tornado

I don't follow directions exceptionally well, whether it's sheet music, IKEA pictographs or a recipe. Much like most of my creative endeavors, I tend to throw caution to the wind whilst in the kitchen; most of the time it works in my favor, occasionally less so. I like to challenge myself with new ingredients but I gravitate towards the savory. I'm all about presentation.

There’s a bit of a storm brewing online and it’s probably because of David, the renaissance man – blogger, photographer, package designer, musician, and bon vivant – behind David the Tornado. One of the things we love about David is that he’s downright hilarious, in one of those sarcastic I-can’t-tell-if-you’re-serious sort of ways. It’s the type of honest writing we can’t get enough of! And, like us, he has a particular affinity for bold, savory food, spirits, and seasonal cocktails. A stiff drink and witty banter? Yes, please.

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THE TIP

What’s In a Name: The Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy is the perfect cold weather drink but its history is often debated. Here are two theories on the origin of the Hot Toddy.

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