Recipe: Cold Hot Toddy

Lately, early mornings in Boston have been feeling brisk. Fall is around the corner, and some nasty bug is going around in the office. However, it’s still a toasty 85F in the afternoon, far too hot for my usual go-to for colds, a hot toddy. Once I got a roast chicken going in the oven (with the intention of using the carcass for congee – another sick day favorite), I gave a cold version of a hot toddy a shot, and it came out quite tasty! I’ve heard some nonsense about how bourbon is dehydrating and therefore not good for someone with a cold,  but where’s the fun in that? 🙂

Makes ~2 servings, depending on the amount of ice and water


  • A handful of ice cubes
  • Enough water to get the blender going
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 large lemon, peeled
  • 1 piece of ginger, the size of your thumb


  1. Blend until you achieve desired consistency. Try a taste and adjust to taste. This came out quite tart, which I enjoy.

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