Drinking a toasty tipple in the dead of winter can’t be beat – but a mulled wine isn’t the only way to whet your whistle. The hot toddy, also known as a ‘hot whiskey’ in Ireland, is a warming beverage that’s typically made with a brown liquor (brandy, whisky, rum or bourbon) and water with honey, ginger and sometimes spices.
As for its inception, a few theories exist. Some credit Irish physician Robert Bentley Todd for prescribing his patients a hot drink consisting of brandy, white cinnamon, sugar syrup and water. Others point towards 18th century India, with ‘taddy’ translating to a hot alcoholic beverage made by fermenting the sap of palm trees.
One thing is for sure – the ‘cure’ for the common cold has become a favourite winter warmer all over the world today.
Here we have the recipe for Maison Selby's take on the tipple, the Posh Toddy.