Growing up, when we were with my grandparents and it got to be around 5 o’clock, my grandfather would turn to my grandmother can say “Nan, I think its toddy-time.” For most of my childhood, I had no idea what they were talking about… And yet somehow I learned that the “toddy” is the grandfather of the cocktail!
Get excited, because according to Matchbook’s January calendar, today is [Inter-] National Hot Toddy Day! (I have just made it international for reasons of current local.)
First found in print in a July 1750 issue of the Boston Weekly Post Boy, the Toddy’s origin is thought to be Scottish and it was a popular drink in America for over a century. Recipes vary on whether or not to use rum, whisky, bourbon (if you are a vanilla-fan) or brandy. When in doubt, I usually turn to Jamie Oliver:
For 4 servings, heat up the milk and whisk in the malt, sugar to taste, whisky, vanilla seeds and pods. Whisk up, then, if you have a cappuccino frother, whiz up to make some lovely froth.”
For some other hot drink recipes, check this out.