Improvisation is the mother of invention.
A friend from Canada dropped in on me, quite sick.
I know my chicken. He needed a stiff single malt, but that was out of the question. He wanted tea.
What was the next best thing? A hot toddy. That way you can have your tea and your whiskey too.
I didn’t have Bourbon in the house, but I had a few different Scotch’s. Most of them, too precious for a toddy…but why not? Medicine is medicine. I didn’t have cloves on hand either, but I did have my boyfriend’s hand-ground chai masala mix. I thought, why not?
We were given a special five spice recipe from our Gujarati friend, Rajiv in India a few years ago. I love blending cultures and it struck me that the peppery blend could be quite good for what ails.
Chai Hot Toddy Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup hot water
1 cup spirit of choice (Bulleit Bourbon, Brandy, Chivas, Rum)
1 heaping tsp of raw honey
1/2 tsp of secret chai (clove, black pepper, dried ginger, cinnamon, green cardamom)
It would also be a great holiday drink with the addition of hot milk (keep it vegan with almond or rice milk).
Stir Well. Drink Up! Sweat! Feel dandy!
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