National Hot Toddy Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to an unusual alcoholic drink, celebrated on January 11th. The name “Hot Toddy” hides a series of warm drinks, which are prepared on the basis of strong alcohol, with the addition of sugar syrup and various spices. This is a great option for a cold winter or autumn evening, which will brighten up the pastime.
Hot Toddy can be prepared with any strong drink (such as rum). Adding various spices allows you to change the final taste of the drink. The main requirement is that it should be served warm (but not hot!).
The word “Toddy” originated during British colonialism. It comes from the Hindi language: there it meant a drink that was created on the basis of the juice of the Toddi palm tree, which grows in India. However, then it was served exceptionally cold.
In 18th century Scotland, spiced alcoholic drinks were popularized for medicinal purposes. Spices were added to the alcohol base, after which the mixture was slightly heated.
It is believed that “hot toddy” was created specifically for women who could not drink strong alcohol. There are many more theories about the origin of this wonderful drink, but none of them has been confirmed.
- In 1837, this drink in one newspaper was called “a panacea for all diseases.”
- Herbal formulations can be safely added to the alcohol base. The result should be a pleasant remedy.
- There is no strictly established recipe for this drink. For example, if it is too strong, lime juice or maple syrup can be added to the alcohol base.
How to celebrate
Be sure to prepare this wonderful alcoholic drink on National Hot Toddy Day. Treat family and friends. There is nothing better than enjoying it, wrapping yourself in a blanket and looking at the embers in the fireplace. Try to create your own original recipe, supplementing the composition with a variety of ingredients.
Share information about the holiday on social networks. Let as many people as possible know about Hot Toddy and appreciate it.
When is National Hot Toddy Day celebrated in 2024?
National Hot Toddy Day is observed on January 11 each year.