On a cold or snowy January night, there are few things more comforting than a hot toddy. This simple mixed drink typically combines liquor (usually whiskey), honey, lemon, and hot water, and can be easily customized with a variety of different herbs and spices. Here, we’ve swapped out the hot water for freshly brewed chamomile tea, giving the beverage a floral, slightly grassy quality. We love the elegant presentation of a whole star anise and thin slice of lemon, but you can also tweak this to suit your taste preference, adding cloves, a cinnamon stick, or a twist of citrus peel.
Chamomile Hot Toddy
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups hot chamomile tea, freshly brewed
2½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
lemon slices (cut very thinly, into rounds, for best presentation) and star anise (for garnish)
1. Divide honey between tea cups or Irish coffee glasses, then pour over hot chamomile tea.
2. Stir until honey is dissolved, then stir in bourbon and lemon juice to combine.
3. Garnish each with 1 slice lemon and 1 star anise. Serve hot.
Recipe contributed by Plated Recipe Editor Sara Heegaard.
This article is intended for individuals 21-years-old and over. Please drink responsibly.
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