There’s something special about cold weather and a hot toddy. Especially a ginger turmeric hot toddy.
I’ve always been a fan of drinking a hot toddy on a chilly night. This is especially true during fall and winter when it feels more festive and cozy. Yet, I had no idea how necessary a hot toddy could be. It wasn’t until we arrived in Oregon this month and experienced Central Oregon’s first major cold front of the season that I realized how important a hot toddy is. The day we arrived, nightly temperatures were in the teens. In the past, I’ve traveled to snowy destinations and have enjoyed winter wonderlands, but this cold feels different. And let me tell you, it’s a task getting all your layers on just to walk out the door. This San Diego native has a lot to learn about living in the cold.
So, to embrace the cold and celebrate our first step in moving to Oregon, I made a ginger turmeric hot toddy. This has all the warm spices of ginger and turmeric making it perfect for fall! The spices are softly balanced by honey, a primary ingredient in the homemade syrup. My go-to honey for anything is Local Hive and it’s great for these. I find it best to make a big batch of ginger turmeric honey syrup and store it in the fridge for a week or two. Also, if you don’t want the booze, add the syrup to hot water for a morning tea of sorts.
I was first introduced to a similar recipe, the one that inspired this one, from a magazine clip out given to me by my mom. I’ve been obsessed with fresh ginger teas since traveling to Berlin last year. So when she saw this recipe, she knew it had my name written all over it. Thanks, mom for the inspiration!
Although I prefer bourbon in my hot toddy you can also use whiskey or scotch. I think a peaty scotch could be a fun addition and add an extra layer of flavor to the cocktail. For an extra ginger punch, add a slice of ginger as a garnish. It could even be what you use to stir all the ingredients together. And if for any reason your ginger turmeric hot toddy cools down too much, add a little extra hot water. It’ll heat your cocktail right back up. Cheers!
Ginger Turmeric Hot ToddyPrint This
- 1 ½ oz bourbon
- ¾ oz ginger turmeric honey syrup
- 5 oz hot water
- 1-2 slices of lemon
Add the bourbon, ginger turmeric honey syrup, and hot water to your favorite drinking mug. Stir together with a spoon or slice of ginger. Top with a slice or two of lemon.
Serve hot. Cheers!