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Made from a powerful trio of spirit (typically whiskey), sweetener (sugar or honey) and water or tea, the cocktail is a warming winter favorite. Drop a zesty lemon peel into the tipple for a "Whiskey Skin," or, as suggested by Slashfoodie James Cury, toss in a cinnamon stick or clove for extra seasoning.
Popularized in cold European climates for its warming effects, the hot toddy was created as a cold remedy, with honey for the throat, lemon for a slice of vitamin C and alcohol as a cough-suppressant and relaxant -- but is delicious on any cold-weather day. Read up on the toddy's background and start brewing your own steaming cups from Texascooking.com.