Recipe for a Hot Toddy - The Best

When life gives you a Christmas that's hectic and demanding, it's hard to resist the urge to grump your way through the tree trimming (and Christmas light untangling), present wrapping, ribbon making, house cleaning, cookie prep and stocking stuffing. If you're beginning sound a little like the Grinch this year, there's relief in sight in the form of a heavenly and refreshing hot toddy.

This is the best stuff I've ever found for the holiday blues (or incipient exhaustion), including hard cider and Baileys. These fun beverages are probably only incidentally alcoholic -- ahem -- and if you're looking for a non-alcoholic toddy, with mine you add the alcohol last -- and to taste. If you want to forego the rum (or brandy) completely, then please do.

Here's the link to my favorite holiday beverage recipe. It's included in a previous post. You'll love it. The Best Hot Toddy Recipe Ever!

Oh, and don't make the mistake of leaving out the cardamom. It makes the drink.

This recipe makes eight servings, but that probably won't be enough, especially if you're serving it to family and friends. I usually make at least a double batch. The recipe base (without the hot water and alcohol) will be just fine nestled in your fridge for months.

Consider this my holiday gift to you, loyal reader. Put your feet up and enjoy.

Photo1: By Frettie (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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