A long, cold winter can leave you feeling chilled, sluggish, slow, and bloated. According to the ancient Indian medicinal tradition of Ayurveda, to fight these symptoms, one must stimulate the inner digestive fire, called agni.
This hot toddy recipe will do just that– it will warm your body, and your soul!
Now, different recipes abound for hot toddies, but I’ll share how I make mine. It’s a piping hot, super-healthy, antioxidant-packed drink that is sure to drive away the winter freeze, leaving you feeling both cozy and energized. I love to curl up on the couch with a hot toddy and watch my favorite movies. My mom always asks for one of my hot toddies when she’s feeling under the weather.
The hot toddy is filled with anti-inflammatory, repairing vitamins and minerals that will stimulate your immune system, kickstart your metabolism, and vanquish stuffy noses, headaches, sore throats, stomach aches and more. To get the best results, use fresh ingredients! Also, be sure to use manuka honey, as opposed to the processed honey usually found in your cupboard; manuka honey has incredible healing health benefits and can be found at your local health food store.
Meg’s Hot Toddy
In a small pan, combine:
- 1 round slice or wedge of lemon (with flesh and peel)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cubes fresh cut ginger
- 4 cloves
Let the water simmer for five to ten minutes (without bringing to a full boil). In the meanwhile, in a mug, combine:
- 2 to 3 tablespoons brandy
- A few teaspoons manuka honey, to taste
After you have finished simmering the water, turn the heat off, remove the pan from the heat, and let it cool for 3 minutes. Then pour the water through a strainer into the mug, stir well, and enjoy! (To make a non-alcoholic version, skip the brandy.)