My poor beloved boyfriend has been very poorly this week. At least he claims he is, personally I think he’s just milking a cold. However like any diligent girlfriend I have been taking wonderful care of him by  making him a hot toddy each night before he goes to bed. We always have a large stock of whiskey in our house and I’m never without lemons so they’re pretty easy to whip up when your feeling a bit under the weather. I also had the cloves and cinnamon sticks left over from when I made my mulled wine, but if you don’t have them they are not strictly necessary.


50ml of whiskey (Jameson recommended)

200ml of boiling water

1/2 a lemon

1 tablespoon of honey (you could also use brown sugar)

1 cinnamon stick (optional)

5 cloves (optional)


Slice off a piece of the lemon and stud it with the cloves, then juice the rest of it and put the juice into the glass. Next add the honey and whiskey and stir. Pour in the hot water and stir until the honey has melted into the drink. Finally add the slice of lemon and stick of cinnamon. Drink until you are feeling much better. Repeat if necessary.



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