Tag Archives: Hot Toddy

Star Anise Can Be Used to Fight Off the Flu

Tamiflu has been show to speed recovery from influenza A and B by up to 18 hours. If my Wikipdedia-ing is correct, it works by making it hard for the flu virus to jump from cell to cell.

The active agent in Tamiflu is made available from shikimic acid found in Star Anise, and up to 90% of the world’s supply of Star Anise has been used to make this medicine.

Mind you, I am a bartender and not a doctor, so I am not recommending booze to fight a viral infection, but I do think I’ll add Star Anise to my next Hot Toddy…

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Chamomile’s Medicinal Properties

Have you ever reached for some Chamomile Tea to beat back a cold? Made from small daisy-looking flowers, Chamomile really does act as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, & antiseptic.

Chamomile is also an ingredient in most Gins. So next time you feel under the weather, how about a Gin Hot Toddy?


Skins for Winter!

  • 1.5 oz- Whiskey (I recommend Jack Daniels)
  • 1.0 oz- Honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon wedge
  • Hot water (or Breakfast Tea)

A Hot Toddy is glorious for either hunkering down against a cold winter’s night, or bucking a case of the common cold. While it doesn’t get enough attention today, two hundred years ago it was a common libation.

I’ve known for nearly 7 years now that Hot Toddies are delicious. What I didn’t know until recently is that etymologically speaking how you garnish one changes the name of the drink.

Technically, a Toddy with a lemon peel is called a ‘Skin’.

Stir all ingredients until honey is dissolved. Garnish with lemon peel.