A hot toddy
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Although I’d heard the expression “hot toddy,” I had only a vague idea of what it referred to until one evening when I had a cold and my wife offered to make me one. Her version involved hot tea, lemon, honey, and some type of spirit—I can’t recall whether that first one was rum, whiskey, or something else. In any case, it was delicious and soothing. Hot toddies can be made from any of numerous combinations of ingredients, but they’re invariably hot, alcoholic, and at least a bit sweet. And you can even consume them when you’re not sick! They’re just the thing to warm up on a cold winter night.