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Hot Toddies To Warm Your Body

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So the fall chill finally settled in and my throat began to get a bit scratchy but instead of reaching for an over-the- counter remedy I reached for some tea with honey and lemon with a twist. That twist is whiskey and I am talking about a hot toddy which has long been a cure for the common cold.  The hot toddy is a natural remedy for those nasty cold symptoms and it will help you rest better which is extremely important for fighting any bug. 

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I opt for the no frills easy breezy version of toddy preparation which is to place a tea bag in a mug (I prefer lemon ginger tea), pour hot water and steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tea bag, add honey and stir. Next pour in a dash or two of whiskey, rum OR brandy; add some lemon, stir and enjoy. If I want to be fancy I will add a stick of cinnamon which is an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce cold symptoms.  

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Another way to prepare a toddy involves heating your mug with hot water while the tea is brewing separately. Once the hot water heats the mug, dump the water and coat the bottom with honey; add the liquor and squeeze lemon juice. Once the tea is steeped pour it over the honey, lemon and liquor mixture and stir. Oooh...fancy! 

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However you decide to prepare your toddy make sure you sip slow to savor every bit of it - enjoy!