Honeyed Hot Tea Toddy with Candied Citrus Peel

by Michelle on January 3, 2011

This past few weeks there have been so many of my twitter buddies coming down with the flu with that achy, rundown feeling, upset tummy and either a bad headache or even worse running a fever. And so many are young, single and living alone and I’d love to be able to bring them a big bowl of homemade Chicken Stock which I know would make them feel so much better. But of course I can’t do that and making Chicken Stock is an all-day process so it’s out of the question if you’re sick. But the next best thing I can recommend is a Hot Tea Toddy!

A Honeyed Hot Tea Toddy is very quick and easy to make and I guarantee you will take a much needed nap after drinking it. I made myself one last week and I could hardly keep my eyes open after about 20 minutes so make sure you are near a comfortable chair or couch!

But don’t be fooled, it’s not only the alcohol that makes you feel better! Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and retards the growth of bacteria and both Cinnamon and Ginger have been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat colds and flu. Ginger promotes digestive enzymes which helps the entire digestion process and also neutralizes the acids that can cause nausea, cramps and even diarrhea. Also when ginger is warmed it is a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine. And honey helps with dehydration and stomach aches and although it will not heal a sore throat, it is soothing.

Honeyed Hot Tea Toddy
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

To make the Tea:
2 c Water
Tea (I prefer 1 TBL Oolong Tea but you can use whatever tea you have on hand.)

To make the Hot Toddy:
1-2 c. hot brewed tea
1 TBL honey
1-2-3 TBL of Scotch, Grand Marnier, Brandy or Cognac to taste (I use Dewars Scotch but you can skip the alcohol if you’d like)
1/2 tsp fresh, shaved ginger  **See NOTE

Garnish:
1 cinnamon stick
Candied Lemon Rind or Orange Rind (see recipe below or you can buy some candied citrus peel)

Brewing the Tea:
1. Bring at least 2-3 cups of water to a boil. Make sure the water is at a full boil because the more air in the water, the better the tea will taste.
2. Pour the water into a large mug or tea pot and let cool for a few minutes.
3. Add the tea and let steep for 1-3 minutes depending on your taste.
4. As soon as the tea is finished steeping, strain the tea leaves and discard.

Making the Hot Toddy:
5. In a microwave proof glass container heat the honey, ginger and scotch for 30-40 seconds.
6. Add to the cup of tea and gently stir with the cinnamon stick.
7. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and candied citrus rind.

**NOTE: Fresh Ginger freezes very well and will keep in the freezer for a l.o.n.g time. I just freeze a piece of fresh ginger in a ziplock bag and when needed, just shave off some of the frozen ginger with a sharp, heavy knife.

Candied Lemon or Orange Peel
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

3 Lemons or 2 small Oranges
2 cups of water
2 c sugar
2 TBL Karo Syrup
2 cups of water

1. With a vegetable peeler, carefully peel the rind from the fruit. With a sharp knife, trim as much of the bitter pith away as possible
2. Cut the rind into ¼” wide by 2 ½ -3” long pieces.
3. In a small pan bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the citrus rind and steep for about 1 minute. Immediately dump the rind into a colander and spray with cold water to stop the cooking process.
4. In a clean pan add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
5. Add the sugar and Karo Syrup and stir until sugar is dissolved.
6. Turn the burner to a low simmer, add the citrus rind and simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
7. With a skimmer spoon remove the rind and drain. You can keep the citrus water, refrigerate, and use it as a flavoring in cocktails, frosting, cakes or cookies.
8. Let the rind cool for a few minutes. While the rind is cooling set up a rack with a piece of parchment or wax paper under the rack to catch any drips or wandering sugar.
9. With your fingers, one by one, take a piece of rind and dredge it in white sugar and place it on the wire rack. If the rind has dried and the sugar is not sticking, just dip it in the saved cooled citrus water and then dredge it in the sugar.
10. Let dry at least 12 hours or over night. Enjoy.

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