I’ve had a stuffy-nose kinda cold this past week. I know, lousy way to start off the new year. But the good news is that I had a gin hot toddy recipe I’d been intending to make and this cold gave me the perfect excuse to open up a bottle of gin in the name of health.
If you’re unfamiliar with a hot toddy, it’s kind of like making tea with bit of an extra kick. And as my grandmother would say, it’s the kick that cures the cold. The ingredients needed to make a basic hot toddy include whisky or brandy, honey, lemon, and hot water.
This hot toddy concoction, however, comes from the distillers of one of my favorite craft gins in the world — Shortcross Gin from Northern Ireland. Instead of lemon, a bit of orange and cinnamon are used to enhance the botanicals in the gin. Add to that a bit of soothing hot water and a spoonful of honey to help the medicine go down and you’ve got a great cold-weather cocktail.
I visited the Rademon Estate Distillery (where Shortcross Gin is made) when I spent a day in Belfast during my gin tour of Great Britain. It’s a beautiful place out in the countryside and was even one of the locations used for filming Game Of Thrones (you can see some pictures of my visit in my 24 Hours In Belfast roundup). What’s even more fun, is that they’re super active on social media. So, make a comforting mug of gin hot toddy and raise a toast to @LordGin and @LadyGin on Twitter!
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Gin Hot Toddy Recipe
Gin Hot Toddy
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 oz Gin
- 1/4 Cup Hot Water
- Juice from one orange (about 1 to 2 Tbsp)
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice
- Pour gin, honey, and orange juice in a large mug. Top off with hot water (just like making tea) and stir until honey is dissolved.
- Sip and enjoy!
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I will definitely be trying this recipe. I made myself a basic hot toddy last week, but it wasn’t as good as the ones my Mom used to make for my Dad (the ones I got to taste if I wasn’t feeling well). I wonder if her secret ingredients were cinnamon and orange. So, thanks for this!!
On what could be our last chilly night in Venlo before Spring arrives, I’m enjoying my improvised version of your recipe. I substituted what I had on hand, which was jenever (granddaddy of English gin), and it’s quite nice. Thanks again for the inspiration!
Can lemon juice be substituted for the orange?
Rachelle Lucas says
It sure can!
Colin Lucas says
Do you have a recipe for The Hot Gin made in the Croatian Christmas markets in Zagreb
Rachelle Lucas says
I don’t have a recipe for that specifically, but it is similar to this hot toddy.