[Fred:] Here she comes, down the street
[Bing:] My, oh my, ain’t she sweet?
[Fred:] Why, here comes my hot toddy
[Bing:] Over my dead body
[Bing:] I’ll capture her heart singing
[Fred:] Just wait until she get a load of my dancing
When I hear the words hot toddy I am always reminded of these lines from the song “I’ll Capture Your Heart”, sung by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in the 1942 classic movie “Holiday Inn” (and consequently, I can’t get the tune out of my head). In the movie, Bing’s character Jim and Fred’s character Ted are both in love with Lila. In the song, Jim sings of his plans to win Lila over with his singing and Ted is confident that his dancing will win her heart. As the movie unfolds, Lila ends up declaring her love for Ted and a broken-hearted Jim leaves town. Jim soon meets Linda, however, after he books her to perform at his holidays-only live entertainment venue at the inn. They fall in love and, of course, a newly dumped Ted shows up and also sets his sights on the lovely Linda. It’s a funny, sweet film, one that I enjoy watching year after year. I adore those old musicals, don’t you?
Several days ago I came across a recipe in Scotsman Food & Drink for a Scottish hot toddy. It is one version of this widely varied drink. There is no standard recipe, but it is consistently made with some type of liquor (generally Scotch or bourbon), a sweetener (such as sugar or honey), a warm base (like water, tea, or apple cider), and lemon.
Since we’re having our first snow of the season today, it seems like the perfect time to give this festive, Scottish version a try.
Here’s What You Need:
Glass with a handle (I prefer clear glass)
35 ml (that is, 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp) blended Scotch (non-peaty preferred) *I used The Dimple Pinch 15 yr. old and it was delicious.*
1 Tbsp honey
4-5 oz. boiling water (enough to top up the glass but not so much as to water it down)
Optional: sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise
- Cut the lemon in half then cut a 1/4 inch flat slice from one of the halves.
- Optional: If desired, rim the glass with sugar.
- Add the Scotch and the honey.
- Add the boiling water so that your glass is about 3/4 full. *Adding more water will dilute the taste.
- Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into the glass and stir.
- “Pin” several whole cloves into the flat slice of lemon and float lemon slice on top of liquid.
- Optional: Add a stick of cinnamon or star anise for extra flavor.
- Curl up in front of a warm fire with a good book and enjoy!
So what’s my verdict of the Scottish hot toddy? Delicious, comforting, and cozy. The perfect antidote for a cold, wintry day. Enjoy!
Cheers to you,