Meyer lemon and maple melded with just a whisper of rosemary in a hot toddy that makes the cold a little less so.
Whether you’ve got a cold or are just feeling cold this hot toddy will chase away the chill.
Updated January 2023
I make this hot toddy with rum or brandy but any drink with booze and lemon makes me think of Irish hospitality and the firm belief that hot whiskey timed just right will kick the sick right out of you. Still sniffly? Well have another then.
More toddy variations:
a hot toddy with regular lemon and no rosemary
some notes about the ingredients:
- Maple syrup: I normally prefer the dark because I like the deeper maple flavor but you should use a little less maple syrup in that case (3/4 ounce or so) I initially made this with my brothers lighter syrup and an ounce was just right.
- Meyer Lemons: less astringent than regular lemons but still plenty tart. For a tarter hot toddy you could certainly use regular lemons if Meyer aren’t available or try a satsuma or tangerine.
- Booze: a golden rum or brandy plays nice with the other ingredients, settling into the background a bit.
- The rosemary: this drink would get by just fine without the rosemary but if you’ve got it on hand try it, it’s a perfect herbal foil to the richness of the maple. You get just a faint scent as you sip, the suggestion of rosemary without having to commit fully.
maple meyer lemon hot toddy
makes one drink
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed meyer lemon juice about half a medium sized lemon
- 1 ounce maple syrup (slightly less if using darker maple)
- 2 ounces brandy or golden rum use what you like, whiskey works too
- 4 ounces hot water
- a sprig of rosemary for garnish and a whisper of herb
- Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, and booze.
- Top with hot water and garnish with a sprig of rosemary in the glass
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