HOT TODDY RECIPES TO KEEP THE CHILLS AT BAY

Alas, I feel the early sniffles of a cold trying to sneak up on me. I know just the thing I need. A nice, comforting hot toddy! Michelle and I both love and swear by the warm embrace of a good hot toddy when we’re trying to ward off the chills.  You can stick to a traditional recipe, or you can try one of these two antioxidant rich, utterly delicious variations.

 

GINGER APPLE HOT TODDY

Ingredients

1 heaped tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (I love fresh ginger)

A stick of cinnamon

1 star anise

175ml boiling water

45ml good quality whiskey or bourbon (whichever you prefer)

90ml apple cider

1-2 teaspoons raw honey

1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds

Garnish: 2 slices apple

 

To make

Hot toddy recipesPlace the ginger, cinnamon stock, star anise and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat as soon as it simmers. Allow this to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise and pour into a mug. Stir in the whiskey or bourbon, apple cider, pomegranate seeds and honey. Garnish with the apple slices (which you eat after drinking your ginger hot toddy) and enjoy!

 

Some health benefits

Ginger’s active component, gingerol, is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which can help your body battle illness.

Pomegranate seeds contain antioxidants that fight the oxidative stress that wears down your immune defenses.

Honey is great for soothing a sore throat and boosting energy. Be sure to use raw, unfiltered honey to gain the maximum health benefits.

 

TURMERIC ORANGE HOT TODDY

Ingredients

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh turmeric (wear gloves, it’s messy!) or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

A stick of cinnamon

175ml boiling water

45ml good quality whiskey or bourbon (whichever you prefer)

1-2 teaspoons honey

Juice of ½ fresh orange

Garnish: Slice of orange

 

To make

Hot Toddy RecipesPlace the turmeric, cinnamon stick and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat as soon as it simmers.  Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and pour into a mug. Stir in the whiskey, honey and orange juice. Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy!

 

Some health benefits

Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help boost the immune system. Apparently in India, people drink turmeric tea to help relieve colds and respiratory problems.

And of course, oranges provide loads of flavour and much needed vitamin C.

 

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