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Get cozy this season with this unique hot toddy recipe

Historians think the hot toddy originated in India as a quasi-cure to the common cold. Whisky doesn’t heal you, but combined with honey, lemon and hot water, it soothes your throat, allowing you to momentarily forget your cold symptoms. 

 But you don’t have to be sick to enjoy toddys!

They’re tasty all year long, especially as winter looms. 

With a simple spin on the recipe, using moonshine instead of whisky, and by introducing tea as a base, we’ve made this toddy recipe our own way. We’ve included local Atlantic Canadian ingredients, including tea from the Tea Brewery, moonshine from Still Fired Distilleries, and honey from Cosman & Whidden.

The tea

The Tea Brewery, located in Mahone Bay, N.S., offers truly exquisite loose-leaf artisan teas. The Nova Scotia Blue wild blueberry is a unique black tea blend that tastes of fresh hand-picked wild blueberries. Starting with this tea as the base of the drink gives this toddy its unique flavour, a perfect complement to the cinnamon moonshine made in Annapolis Royal.

The moonshine

Still Fired Distilleries distills on-site in Annapolis Royal, N.S. And the results are unique: premium spirits that are perfect to mix into cocktails or serve on the rocks.

The honey

Located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Cosman & Whidden Honey has been producing honey for more than 40 years. Smooth in texture and taste, its honey is pure and simply perfect for this hot toddy cocktail. 

So, make this recipe and curl up on the couch for a unique winter warmer. 

Tasha Taylor

East Coast Living