There are many things to love about winter: extra blankets on the bed, sweatshirts, fuzzy slippers and boots, scarves and mittens, oh my!  There are also many things to despise about winter: shorter days, dry skin, the blistering cold, and oh yes, getting sick. 

I hocus pocused a magical concoction that will now be my go to cure-all for all future cold symptoms.  I introduce to you – the Intesi-toddy.  It’s like a Hot Toddy but INTENSE.  What makes it intense you ask?  Your usual Hot Toddy has brandy (I used spiced rum), honey, lemon and tea – I’ve pumped it up a notch and threw in some cayenne, cloves, cinnamon and ginger to give the drink a KICK.  I’m telling you, it really knees your cold straight in the groin – it shows your cold who’s the boss and tells him to get the hell out of town

It serves as a great natural remedy for a sore throat or sniffles or as a zesty night cap!  



(makes 4 cups) 

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 ginger slices
  • 2 Constant Comment tea bags
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 oz. spiced rum
  • 2 tbsp. honey

In a medium pot, place water, spices and ginger together and mix well. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Enjoy while hot!

Store leftovers in a glass in the fridge. Reheat when needed.  


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