Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Tired: Hot Ginger Toddy

What has helped me survive this endless season? Denis Johnson. Friends and family. Parks and Recreation. Robbie Fulks. And plenty of hot whiskey drinks.

This particularly spicy life-saving cocktail needs a better name than "Hot Ginger Toddy," but I can't think of one. "Polar Vortex Toddy" has been shot down, fairly. If you have any ideas please email me ( Basically what we have here is a huge amount of ginger juice and a huge amount of lemon juice mixed with honey and whiskey, topped off with almost-boiling water.

This recipe makes two drinks.

First, juice a big lemon or a couple of small ones. Discard seeds and measure - you want 4 tablespoons of juice.

Next, grate a nice big piece of ginger root- approximately six inches.

Gather up the grated ginger and squeeze to extract juice. Some people use cheesecloth for this, but I don't bother.

Ideally you will have 4 tablespoons of ginger juice, but a little less will be okay too.

Divide the ginger juice and lemon juice between 2 mugs, add a tablespoon of honey and a shot of whiskey to each, and add hot water to fill the mugs.

Hot Ginger Toddy
makes 2 drinks

4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons ginger juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 shots whiskey (I prefer Irish whiskey for this drink)
Hot water

Combine ingredients in 2 mugs and stir well.

Here comes the sun.