Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Creating with Cinnamon

When I was young, about 8, my stepfather decided that since we had colds he would make us a Hot Toddy. (I think he just wanted to get us to go to sleep.)  Recently I heard that whiskey actually helps to make you well.  So with this last go around of being sick I thought I would put it to the test. I haven't had a Hot Toddy/whiskey since that time when I was a kid.

Something that you may not know about me.  I used to live with people (Mexicans) that only spoke Spanish - while I only spoke English.   Believe me when I say we has a great time communicating with each other!  lol  Well, the grandma would use canela (a cinnamon stick) to stir our milk and oatmeal.  I never think of it as cinnamon - I think of it as "canela" and think of ground cinnamon as "cinnamon".

So here is my "canela" recipe.

Hot Toddy (1 serving)  from somewhere on the internet

1 cup hot water
1 tea bag
1 shot whiskey
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of ground cloves
stir with canela (cinnamon) stick

The second night of the test we made up our own Easy Way for 1 Hot Toddy

1 cup of Lipton pre-made lemon tea (heated)
2 shots of whiskey - yeah, we increase it.
1 tablespoon of honey
stir with canela stick

I know you all want to know the results of the Whiskey/Cold test. I really do think that it helped with the cold. And hubby, the other test subject, agreed with my findings.



  1. I'll have to take your word for it, since I don't like the taste of whiskey. Glad to hear you're feeling better, though. Did you go to 3 shots on the third night???

  2. When I was a kid there was a bottle of whiskey on the top shelf of the pantry for "medicinal use." Mom used it for a hot toddy when she got sick, but I don't remember that us kids ever got more than a taste. It seemed to work for her. I do remember that as us kids got older the whiskey bottle disappeared from the top shelf. I suspect they thought we might get too much of a taste for it. :)

  3. I've never had one before. I do love cinnamon, though.

  4. My grandmother used to have a hot toddy frequently (every night?). And now this grandma has one when I feel cold symptoms. My recipe is a little different - no tea or cinnamon, just honey, lemon juice, hot water, and whiskey. I think it helps something.

  5. I hope it does the trick and you both get better soon. Sounds like a good one to try - I'll save the recipe for when I need it!!

  6. That is exactly the way my mom made them..and they do work...I think that my mom sprinkled cinnamon on the was good tho.

  7. And did doubling the whiskey help, too? Love this post!