Holiday Hot Toddy

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Author Notes: Stalled by a cool summer, the fruit on our Meyer lemon tree has been slow to ripen this year. When I picked my first handful yesterday, I knew they had to play a leading role in my hot drink. I added my version of a ginger syrup I found on the Food Network site. Eager to sample the drink, I decided not to wait for the syrup to chill. Not a fan of bourbon or dark rum, I used my favorite scotch, Famous Grouse. A jigger measure of one and a half shots is equivalent to 1 1/2 ounces. This hit the spot just now after a chilly walk on the beach. - LizthechefLizthechef

Food52 Review: This scrumptious little nectar could easily be called California Hot Toddy or Dangerous Hot Toddy. The former because of its Meyer lemon influence, the latter because it goes down so easily. The lemon-ginger syrup is divine. So good in fact, I reduced the honey a tiny bit, opting for more sweetness from the syrup to get that extra bit of flavor. lorinarlock

Serves 4

Ginger Syrup

  • 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger root, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the lemon peel, being careful not to include the pith. Reserve peeled lemons. In a food processor, finely chop the lemon peel and ginger.
  2. Using a medium-sized saucepan, add the lemon-ginger mixture, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and cool. You will have a cup of syrup.

Hot Toddy

  • 1 cup scotch whiskey, preferably Famous Grouse
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces ginger syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces Meyer lemon juice
  1. Using a medium-sized saucepan, gently warm the scotch, honey, ginger syrup and lemon. Serve warm in glass mugs.
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Tags: Holidays, hot, hot toddy

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about 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Now this sounds fabulous! My Meyer lemons are late, too. I usually have a bowlful of them on New Years Day, and I'm still waiting, a bit more impatiently now. This sounds so good! I am definitely going to try this, soon. I can see that the ginger-lemon syrup could quickly become a pantry essential here. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! ;o)


about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thank you, AJ!!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Great use of your Meyers, Liz!!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Liz - so happy they are ripe again...


over 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

I love my scotch and you dressed it all up. Bravo!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

With your weather, you deserve one of these!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

I had a similar experience with gin...Thanks for your comment!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love Meyer lemon, ginger and honey. Would love them together. I haven't had Scotch since I spent an evening drinking (and then undrinking if you get my drift) a lot of it one night when I was in college. College was a long time ago. I may have to try again.