Ok, so Christmas is fast approaching, and most of us are in some sort of frenzy. Shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning, wrapping, threatening kiddies with eavesdropping elves, we’re all busy with something. To top it all off for me, we are into our sixth day of snow here, and that’s just wrong enough to call for rum toddies.
This is a recipe that came from some sort of Homemaker’s-type magazine back in the early eighties that my grandmother had. She modified the recipe a little before passing it on, and I fooled with it a little more. The best part is that you can cook up the spice water mix and store in the fridge for the duration of the holidays. Just reheat, on stovetop or microwave, and Presto! instant hot toddies. Just add a splash of rum, a spoon of honey and a slice of lemon to your mug and you are off and running. Although toddies and running don’t really have much in common. As a matter of fact, I think a disclaimer is necessary. Please do not run whilst drinking hot rum toddies. Please do not operate heavy machinery whilst drinking hot rum toddies. Please do not colour your hair whilst drinking hot rum toddies. And please, please, please do not call your ex just to tell him you are such a better place whilst drinking hot rum toddies. You have all been warned.
HOT RUM TODDIES
What you will need:
10 cups water
4 sticks of cinnamon
10 whole cloves
12 whole allspice (substitute powdered if you must)
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 lemon, sliced
Combine water, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Add sliced lemon, and let simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into storage jug. Discard spices and lemon slices. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To make toddies:
Place 1 to 1.5 ounces rum into each mug. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, and one slice lemon. Top with warmed spiced water. Drink, relax and enjoy!
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