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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.

Linda

7 comments:

  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???

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  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. :)

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

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  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.

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  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!!

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

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

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