Have you ever had a Hot Toddy? I'll be the first to admit I've never had a Hot Toddy. In fact, I had never really heard of them until I was in my 20's. I wasn't even really sure what it was except it sounded like hot tea with either bourbon or brandy in it.
The other thing I've heard about a Hot Toddy is that it really helps out when someone has a cold or isn't feeling well. Since I get colds all winter long thanks to working in an elementary school I put this on my radar as something to try. I didn't have to wait long until I had a cold and was so stuffy that I was nothing short of miserable.
Thinking about the Hot Toddy I searched for a recipe that would involve ingredients I had on hand. I found one for a Pear Lemon Hot Toddy. Since I love lemon and honey in my tea when I'm sick I thought the sound of a hot beverage with pears, lemon, and honey would be pretty good.
The pear flavor comes from pear vodka which we always have on hand. It's something that we tried a few years ago and absolutely loved so I knew we had some in the cupboard. The one ingredient we didn't have was orange brandy but I did have orange liqueur and decided I could substitute that in for the brandy.
I heated the ingredients together in a saucepan and then stirred in the alcohol. I garnished my glass with a slice of pear and a slice of lemon then I took a sip. It was warm and sweet. The liquid warmed me up from the inside out and it soothed my sore throat. Breathing in the steam from this beverage also helped me breath easier. All in all, it really did help me feel somewhat better and it tasted pretty darn good. I'll be having another one of these the next time a cold hits.
- 1½ c. water
- 3 T. sugar
- 2 T. honey
- ½ c. pear vodka
- ¼ c. orange liqueur
- juice from ½ lemon
- 1 t. vanilla
- In a medium saucepan combine the water, sugar, and honey. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar and honey have melted into the water.
- Stir in the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix well and heat for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is hot.
- Divide the mixture into two mugs and serve garnished with a slice of lemon and a slice of pear.