Hot Toddy with Dried Cherries and Lime

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Author Notes: This is a classic hot toddy (1 part dark spirit to 3 parts boiling water, sweetened) with a few tweaks. I used rye instead of the typical bourbon or whiskey, raw sugar instead of white, and I slipped in a few dried cherries and some lime zest to scent the drink. It's a revitalizing antidote post-snow-shoveling, or post-holiday-anything. By the time you reach the bottom of the mug, the cherries are plumped up and boozy. Drink and treat in one -- cheers! - AmandaAmanda Hesser

Serves 1

  • 2-inch-long piece lime zest
  • 4 dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 2 ounces rye (or other dark spirit)
  • 6 ounces boiling water
  1. In a mug, combine the lime zest, dried cherries, and sugar. Add the rye. Pour in the boiling water, and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Sip and enjoy!
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5 months ago Randi

I am sipping this right now, with a sub of Meyer lemon zest. Wow. Perfect.


5 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Glad you like it and I'm going to try your sub!


about 1 year ago joeys

I made bourbon bounce again this year and have lots of cherries leftover.... I think I found a new home for them!!


about 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I just made this again last night -- it's perfect for the weather on the East Coast this winter!


over 2 years ago Hilarybee

I enjoyed this greatly, especially the cherries. This year I subbed sweet oranges for the lime, used honey and bourbon instead of rye. Wonderful!


over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks everyone for your kindness -- happy new year!


over 4 years ago Kiss My Braciola Goodbye

Thank you soooo much! On my second one. Flu?....What flu!!??


over 4 years ago Midge

This was so warming and tasty, especially loved the cherries.


over 4 years ago deensiebat

Sipping it right now... aah. I always default to toddy = booze + lemony honeyed tea. Nice to have another option.


over 4 years ago onetribegourmet

looks fab! love the flavors of dried cherries & lime!


over 4 years ago kcg

I have the absolute worst cold, with good friends coming for a 'festive' New Year's Eve dinner, no less. As I have created my menu around The Essential New York Times Cook Book recipes, I decided to go one further and look for some medicinal encouragement within food52. You gals never disappoint!
I vote for this incredible libation/elixir/yummy drink!


over 4 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

Now this drink should come with a crackling fire and 1 foot of snowfall.


over 4 years ago pauljoseph

Yes its relay delicious and great idea


over 4 years ago gingerroot

This week I've learned I'm a dark spirit girl...Bourbon has become my friend; rye with cherries and lime zest sounds divine. May have to take a bourbon break and toast 2011 with this (and bubbles too, of course). Thanks for a great recipe!


over 4 years ago hummingbirdap

I really like the combination of dried cherries and lime zest.


over 4 years ago Homemadecornbread

Sounds perfect! A classic with a twist - my kind of toddy. You've got my vote!


over 4 years ago Kayb

I'll have three, please. It's cold and rainy here....


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

It's 10 in the morning but I want one of these - that kind of day. LOVE the cherries!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You had me at cherries and lime.


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm having this with 8 cherries. It's essentially my lunch. Is that wrong?


over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Love it!


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

You had me at rye.


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Cherries and lime together sound divine. Thanks for this recipe.


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Sounds yummy. I like the simplicity of this! Thanks for the recipe, Amanda.