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Monday, December 15, 2014

Drink for the Cure

It is always an inconvenient time to be sick, but this week is an especially unfelicitous time for us to be descending into the throes of the throat/cough/fever thing, so Darwin and I are dosing with hot toddies. Drink one yourself.

Hot Toddy

In a large cup, combine 1 spoonful honey, juice of ¼ lemon, 1 cinnamon stick, small dash tabasco (optional but recommended) and the tea bag of your choice. Stick 3 cloves into 1 small lemon wedge and add to the cup. Pour in a slug of bourbon, as much or as little as you like. Fill cup with boiling water, stir well and let steep 5 minutes. Savor slowly; repeat as necessary.

I have a sinking feeling that this has passed the toddy healing stage, maybe because my cough sounds like a bark and feels like sandpaper on my esophagus, but I keep taking the cure. "Medicinal," as Uncle Willy said in High Society.


agellius said...

Thanks for the recipe! One thing I always wonder about hot drinks is, doesn't the boiling water evaporate the alcohol? I'm guessing it leaves just enough so that it's still worthwhile?

Darwin said...

Yeah, there's definitely still some alcohol in there.

I think the key is basically: alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, but the amount of either that evaporates is not really that huge. If roughly have the shot of bourbon is alcohol, the total amount of liquid turned to steam is still less than half a shot.

bearing said...

You probably don't want a disquisition on the physical chemistry of azeotropes, at least not till you're better.