The toddy has been around for centuries, and the word actually comes from an Indian drink. In India, the toddy was produced from fermented sap. There was also a physician named Robert Bentley Todd who is credited with the modern incarnation of the “toddy”, where he popularized the specific combination of brandy, cannela, syrup, and water.
The toddy has many variations, but in general is a mixed drink that contains liquor, and water with honey, herbs, spices. The drink is served hot, and is often called a "hot toddy". There are also some people that choose to add sugar to the drink. For centuries now, the drink is believed to have some medicinal properties, and is used to cure the common cold or the flu. The combination of alcohol, honey, and vitamin C has proven to be a soothing drink for centuries, and the tradition continues to this day.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- ¾ ounce of lemon juice
- 2 ounces of hot water
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
- Build the ingredients in the container of your choice.
- Stir well.
- Tea kettle
- Container of your choice
The gin toddy is essentially a gin version of the alcoholic version of tea, in many ways. It doesn’t matter whether you use a pot or a kettle, as long as you can boil water. You can then decide to pour the hot water and build the drink in a wine goblet, brandy snifter, glass mug, or a different container of your choice. The cocktail is a perfect drink right before bed, and the "toddy" is meant for a great nightcap. It is most commonly consumed during winter, the same way that a hot chocolate is a warm beverage to drink to help to keep warm.
A common garnish for a gin toddy is a cinnamon stick, but of course, this depends on whether you want a sweet garnish to your drink or not. It is also important to note that agave honey and simple syrup can always be added in case you want a sweeter toddy. The great thing about the drink is that you are free to customize it however you want, and adjust the alcohol level so that you can determine how strong you want your nightcap to be. The next time you find yourself craving a hot chocolate, but feel like something a little more soothing in the winter – try one!