Hot Toddy

Peter has been suffering at the hands of an awful cold for two weeks now.  Just when I was starting to think my immunity was something special - it struck me too.  I've been red-faced, runny-nosed, bleary-eyed and generally whiny for days.  We stayed in for nearly the entire weekend ordering take-out and watching everything HBO on demand has to offer.  Our apartment was a cacophony of sneezing, coughing, sniffling and television.  Even Rosie was sick of it.

Between our first and second viewings of Narnia (interrupted by this failed attempt at Hemingway & Gelhorn: Peter: If it's completely awful after 15 minutes we'll change it. 10 minutes passes.  Peter: What else has to happen for this to be sufficiently bad?) we decided to make a couple of hot toddys.  Peter's hot toddys really are the best, although Freeman's is a close second.  

Hot Toddys:

Prepare a teakettle with 2 sticks of cinnamon.

Add to a glass: 2 oz bourbon, juice of 1/4 lemon, 1 heaping teaspoon of raw, unfiltered honey.  Garnish with 1-2 sticks of cinnamon and a lemon wedge stuck with four cloves poked into the rind.

Pour hot water over contents of glass.

Whether you're laid up with a cold or just plain chilly, a hot toddy will have you feeling better in no time!

A trick: If you're making a hot beverage in glass, keep a spoon in the glass while you pour in the hot liquid.  The spoon will absorb some of the heat and prevent the glass from breaking.