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San Francisco: Two weeks ago, sunshine, and blue skies and then, Instant Antarctica! What happened? SF is supposed to be chilly, foggy and rainy, but not bitterly cold! This is East Coast level cold: hat, mittens, snow pants, and shovel the driveway. Lucky for us, we have our resident Brit, Fleur who can keep us healthy and happy with her Hot Toddy.
The Healthy: This drink has medicinal properties if you are sick.
The Happy: This drink has booze properties if you are sick and bored and want to have fun while watching zombie movies. If you aren’t sick, you can feel morally superior about ingesting antioxidants while you are tying one on… stay warm!
Baby it’s cold outside, and it’s Friday so I fancy myself a nice stiff drink that’s going to warm away those winter blues. While I’m grateful it’s not nearly as cold here in San Francisco as it is in my homeland of the UK where they are suffering another severely brutal winter (even talking to my family back home makes me shiver), we have been experiencing some unusually cold weather here recently, and a Friday night ice-cold martini is just not going to the trick. So I’m turning to my infamous Hot Toddy.
Alongside the general feeling of warmth and relaxation that comes with a good Hot Toddy, the medicinal benefits are so great they also deserve a little recognition, especially with all those nasty cold viruses lurking at this time of year.
A good Hot Toddy is made with whiskey, lemon, hot water, and honey or sugar if desired. But I’m going a bit further with mine and adding some fresh ginger, to give it a little spice and gain some a little extra boost to my health.
Whiskey gives a calming, relaxing effect; lemon is packed with Vitamin C to boost the immune system and sweet, soothing honey has excellent antibacterial properties. Honey is also known to help transmit the goodness of the final valuable ingredient, ginger. Ginger is known for its expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory and stimulating properties.
…Putting all of these ingredients together and drinking them hot is exceptionally good for you as the steam helps to clear the airwaves.
It’s not a work of art: a glass full of floating pieces of lemon and ginger, but having a snotty nose and hacking cough ain’t exactly glamorous either is it?
Fleur’s Hot Toddy
A good sized pour of Irish or Scotch Whiskey
Juice of half a lemon
One tablespoon of honey
Five slices of fresh ginger root
Stir together with hot water in a mug.
And here’s to your health, cheers!
The art of entertaining at a wedding means having the most superb and appropriate signature cocktail for the occasion. That’s why I reached out to my favorite wine & spirits company, Charbay Artisanal Spirits, and discovered some of their winter favorites that have been tried and true for many local, infamous mixologists who have concocted these cocktails to woo their customers and keep them warm over the chilly months. With winter nuptials in the works here are some the hottest cocktail ideas for a winter wonderland wedding.
Black Walnut/Hot Chocolate Martini
For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here. Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called Love Vines published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.