The hot toddy was a popular drink in colonial America for its ability to provide warmth, especially during the harsh, freezing winters of New England. The ingredients required to make it were also relatively inexpensive, consisting of whiskey or rum, sugar, hot water, and spices like nutmeg or cinnamon. Beyond its role as a cold-weather remedy, the hot toddy was favored for its perceived medicinal properties, believed to to alleviate the symptoms of ailments like the common cold.
Add 1 tablespoon of spice blend to 1 cup of boiled water. Allow the spices to steep for five minutes and strain. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and stir in 2 ounces of whiskey, rum, or brandy. Top off with boiling water and serve hot with a cinnamon stick. Makes up to 1 gallon.
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