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Author Notes: A modern version of the old hot toddy. The Teddy uses birch tea instead of regular tea for a woodsy twist. Birch tea, which is known for its restorative effects, gives it a light wintergreen flavor.
Recognizing the Centennial of the National Parks, it is named after Teddy Roosevelt ,who played a major role in building our National Parks System and developing a conservation ethic. —Rob
- 10-15 pieces Fresh, small birch twigs
- 12 ounces water
- 2 ounces Calvados or other brandy
- .5 teaspoons maple syrup (ideally grade A amber)
- 1 dash Lemon juice
- 1 piece Lemon
- Clean birch twigs under water then rough them up
- Place twigs in the water and bring to a boil.
- When the water boils reduce heat to medium-low and steep for about 10 minutes. The water will change color and turn to birch tea. Do not over boil as it will cause the tea to lose flavor and aromatics.
- Strain the tea into a tea or coffee cup.
- Add the calvados or other brandy.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Add the maple syrup stirring it to ensure it completely dissolves.
- Place the lemon slice into the mug/glass and serve warm.
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