Hot toddies are a classic wintertime drink that dates back to the 17th century, when they were commonly used as a remedy for illness. Even today, many still swear by a swig of toddy to subdue aches and chills. The hot toddy is traditionally made with either a hot water or tea base with honey or sugar, fresh lemon juice and whiskey or brandy. 88 Wharf in Milton uses Canadian Club whisky in its hearty toddy while Zocalo in Boston went South of the border for a Mexican Hot Toddy using tequila, agave nectar and Mexican cinnamon.
88 Wharf’s Hot Toddy
1 ounce Canadian Club whisky
1 tbsp. honey
1 cup hot water
Mix ingredients together in a mug. Garnish with two lemon peels and a whole cinnamon stick.
88 Wharf St., Milton, 857-598-4826
Zocalo’s Mexican Hot Toddy
1 1/2 ounces Riazul Anejo Tequila
1/4 ounce agave nectar
1 lemon wedge
1 piece Mexican cinnamon
3-4 ounces hot water
Combine all ingredients in an Irish coffee glass. Stir and let steep for one minute. Remove spices and enjoy.
35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849