Thundersnow?!? This calls for a Hot Toddy.

Dear Precipitation: Make up your mind or get lost. The only kind of “wintry mix” I approve of is a hot toddy.

That’s what I was muttering to the moody skies this morning as I sloshed and slipped along the sidewalk—and on my way home again this afternoon (a few hours early) in a gale of freezing rain. When I got home and slowly unclenched my numb fingers from my too-wet-to-be-useful umbrella, I thought: What, exactly, is a hot toddy? I’ve only read about them in books, but they sound like the perfect antidote to a day that’s alternated between rain, thunderstorms, snow, ice and everything in between.

According to the dictionary, a toddy is either the fermented sap of an Asian palm, or “a usually hot drink consisting of liquor (as rum), water, sugar, and spices.” Epicurious has a recipe for a hot toddy with bourbon, and a  book I got from the Museum of the American Cocktail calls for a hot toddy to be made with brandy, lemon juice, and a sugar cube rubbed against a lemon rind. Alas, I had no fermented Asian palm sap, bourbon, brandy, or even a sugar cube on hand. But I had something better…

Maple Hot Toddy

1.5 oz maple liqueur, such as Sapling
1 Tbsp maple syrup (the real stuff — no fake aunts or cabins, please)
Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon (preferably Meyer, which are sweeter than typical lemons)
4 oz boiling hot water

Prewarm a glass mug with hot water. Pour in first three ingredients, stir, then add hot water and stir again. Garnish with a lemon wedge or curl of lemon zest. Top (yourself) with a blanket, a good book, and a smug smile at the frightful weather outside.



Filed under Cocktails, Comfort food, Drinks

6 responses to “Thundersnow?!? This calls for a Hot Toddy.

  1. Oh geez, my girlfriend would love this. I got her maple candy for christmas and she lost it 🙂 Nice post!

  2. OF COURSE you’d pick the maple hot toddy recipe — or is that truly the only kind? How did your husband like it? Seems like winter is really settling in on the East Coast this year. Maybe you should escape to Kenya! 🙂

  3. Oh, goodness. A maple syrup hot toddy sounds like heaven. Isn’t it funny how sometimes the limitations of the pantry results in the most wonderful food and drink concoctions… out of necessity… 🙂

  4. Cherryline

    Hi Amanda,

    I read your piece in NG about the portable micro-solar light sticks and I would like to donate some money to purchase some of these for this region. Can you tell me which organization I can contact to do so? Thank you.

    • Sorry to be so late in replying, but check out the website Lighting Africa for more information on “microsolar” lights. The one pictured in the article comes from a group called Solar Aid which distributes them in parts of Africa through something called the Sunny Money program. Thank you for your interest!

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