If you have yet to enjoy the warm, soothing taste of a Hot Gin Toddy, allow me to introduce you to its wonder. This is the warm drink that you will be craving all winter long, particularly on those really cold nights.
We typically think of the Hot Toddy as a drink reserved for the dark liquors like brandy, rum, and whiskey, though gin is another fantastic option and a personal favorite. It is perfect for sitting by the fire or as an after dinner sipper and makes a stunning presentation in a snifter or large wine goblet (heat-resistant of course).
The real beauty of the Gin Toddy is how the botanicals of a great gin like Tanqueray open up when the hot water hits them. It is so aromatic that there is no need for tea in this toddy and it is easy to mix up in just a matter of minutes.
I have also found that the warmth of the botanicals in the Gin Toddy is an ideal way to soothe a sore throat. It is a 'home remedy' that I recommend to everyone, especially those suffering from a lingering cold with a lot of congestion. Of course, it will not cure your cold, but the relief is amazing.
More Tips for Making a Great Hot Gin Toddy
While Tanqueray is the recommended gin for this toddy recipe, almost any gin will work well here. However, I have found that the traditional London dry gins work best because of their juniper-forward profile, which really is what makes the Gin Toddy great.
Both the lemon and sugar can be adjusted to taste.
Begin with just a little of each, take a sip, and add more if needed.
Simple syrup can be used in place of cane sugar and I would begin with just a dollop because you do not want this drink to become too sweet. Agave nectar and honey are also great sweeteners for any toddy.
Lemon juice should be an easy ingredient, though I do recommend fresh juice. This can be as easy as cutting a lemon wedge and squeezing it directly into the warm drink. The prepared lemon juices are okay in this drink, yet I would cut it down significantly and begin with just a few dashes, then adjust to taste.
When it comes to the water it is best to use hot, not boiling, water. If the water is too hot it can 'bruise' the gin's botanicals and ruin an otherwise perfect drink. Your teapot should get it to the perfect temperature or you can heat water for about 30-45 seconds in the microwave.
Personally, I consider the cinnamon stick a requirement because it adds just a little more dimension to the drink and works as a stir stick to keep everything mixed up as you drink.