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How to Make an Alcohol-Free Lemon Hot Toddy
Learn how to make this three-ingredient Lemon Hot Toddy. This alcohol-free toddy is perfect to have on hand as a natural home remedy during cold and flu season.
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What Is a Hot Toddy and Where Did It Start?
No one knows for certain how the first Hot Toddy recipe first started or where the name came from, but Hot Toddies are believed to have been “invented” as an alcoholic beverage sometime in the 1700s in Scotland. I’m sure it warmed the cockles of a Scotsman’s heart after coming in from a long day working in the Highlands during a cold and bleak winter.
But we may owe the Hot Toddy’s actual origin to Scottish women who did not like the smokey flavor of “Scotch,” which was the staple liquor of Scotland. Someone came up with the idea to sweeten the Scotch with honey, add a touch of lemon juice, add a few spices (maybe cloves?), and warm the beverage. And now, this tasty concoction was more palatable to the ladies. (Sounds like a very clever lady created this recipe! 😉)
Can a Hot Toddy be Alcohol-Free?
The idea of a Hot Toddy sounds like it would open up the flanges of one’s bronchial passages when a cold or flu strikes, but what if you don’t want to make this hot drink with alcohol? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.
In this tutorial video and accompanying printable recipe, I show you how easy it is to make an alcohol-free Hot Toddy with just three simple ingredients. And you can definitely modify the recipe to fit your tastes and to help you breathe easier when you feel congested!
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Before making this Lemon Hot Toddy, watch the following video to learn how to make your Ginger Simple Syrup. This healthy simple syrup is perfect for sweetening your Toddy.
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Lemon Hot Toddy (Alcohol-Free)
- Sharp knife
- Blender, food processor, or heat-proof bowl
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Tea kettle or small saucepan for boiling water
- 8 ounces Water brought to a boil
- 1 whole Lemon, peel and flesh chopped
- 1/4 tsp Chili flakes 1/8 teaspoon chili powder can be substituted.
- 1-2 tbsp Ginger simple syrup See "RECIPE NOTES" below for link to ginger simple syrup recipe. Also, please see note of "CAUTION" also in "RECIPE NOTES."
- Add boiled water to a blender or another vessel you are using.
- Add a cut-up lemon to boiled water. Carefully drop lemon pieces into boiled water so that the water does not splash up on you.
- Add the chili flakes.
- Blend water, lemon, and chili flake mixture for 30-60 seconds until fully blended. If using a bowl, macerate ingredients using a wooden spoon or spatula for at least 60 seconds.
- Strain solids and decant the liquid into a heatproof mug. If the liquid has cooled, you can warm it gently on the stove.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of the ginger simple syrup to the lemon hot toddy and drink.
- You can prepare your Lemon Hot Toddy in advance and gently rewarm it when you are ready to consume it. You can also easily double this recipe.
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