A hot toddy is a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot. Hot toddies (such as mulled cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet or cold weather. They were believed to help cure the cold and flu, but the American Lung Association now recommends avoiding treating the common cold with alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration.
According to the traditional Scottish recipe, hot toddy is made by pouring a shot of whisky into a cup and adding boiling water to it, after what a spoonful of honey or sugar, a half slice of lemon, two cloves and, if available, a cinnamon stick are eventually added to the mixture. This is left to brew for three to five minutes.
Depending on preference, the cloves and cinnamon stick can be removed before drinking, although leaving them in is often said to make a toddy even better for clearing a blocked nose and relieving a head cold.
The traditional English variation uses black tea instead of plain hot water.
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