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Hot toddies [Mar. 23rd, 2013|11:04 pm]
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So, I haz cold. This is all frith_in_thorns fault, nyah. Since, unlike hers, it has not yet evolved into Dethflu, I am counting my blessings.

The one thing that is very nice about illness, however, is my recently-evolved tradition (i.e. since I went to university and did not have to worry about my parents Judging my terrible life choices) of Spontaneous Hot Toddies. Growing up, honey and lemon, drunk as hot as you can physically bear, was the sore throat remedy of choice and household mandate. (Frith claims that sweetened hot milk was hers, but that seems a really wrong and strange practice to me. What traditional illness recipes did you all grow up with?) When I was ill and bored in Second Year, I started to ... modify the honey and lemon slightly. At first I started by trying to make actual proper toddies, but I was a housebound/poor/any student and my ingredients were limited. So!

Soon, variation became the fun of it - the recipe I generally go by now is:
Strongest alcohol on hand + most tasty alcohol on hand + fruit juice, or other citrus-based soft drink + spices. Microwave, and then breathe in the alcohol fumes to clear your nasal passages. (I DID make mention above of my terrible life choices, ne?)

It is always different, which is the fun of it. However, last night I made what I feel to be the ultimate version, and going entirely against the spirit of Surprising Toddies, I am going to record my formula for posterity.
*Dram (probably a shot and a half) of rum.
*Decent splash of ginger wine
*Shot or so of lemon juice, plus a splash of weird artificial tropical squash
*Spices - cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg. Chopped ginger.
*Oregano, splash of Worcester sauce, a few chilli flakes.
*Honey
Heat, stir and serve.

You, dear reader, are probably judging this combination HARD right now, I would imagine. But it was really, really good!
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[User Picture]From: frith_in_thorns
2013-03-23 11:16 pm (UTC)
You missed out the ingredient of me mocking you through the entire process.

And it's not "sweetened milk". It's hot milk with a spoonful of honey stirred in. It is exact! :D
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:18 pm (UTC)
That is sweetened milk!
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[User Picture]From: frith_in_thorns
2013-03-23 11:20 pm (UTC)
But sweetened very specifically!
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[User Picture]From: littlered2
2013-03-23 11:17 pm (UTC)
My household has always used honey and lemon (sometimes lemon squash, sometimes lemon juice in boiling water). Hot milk sounds most odd (but I have never really liked milk, anyway).

I am judging your combination a bit. But if you say it sounds good, than I am intrigued!

Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: frith_in_thorns
2013-03-23 11:21 pm (UTC)
The oregano was added because she knocked over the pot of oregano and then decided she might as well scrape it off the worksurface into her drink.
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:23 pm (UTC)
But! It was added because I thought it would complement my flavour palate well. You make it sound so much worse than it was!
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[User Picture]From: littlered2
2013-03-23 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh. I hope the work surface was otherwise clean! (I suppose boiling water and alcohol would make everything okay, though.)
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:28 pm (UTC)
It was.
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[User Picture]From: littlered2
2013-03-23 11:33 pm (UTC)
My apologies; I am clearly judging all 20-somethings' flats/houses by Rob's, which is on the filthy side.
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[User Picture]From: hrodberht
2013-03-23 11:36 pm (UTC)
It's not "filthy". It's occasionally obvious that it's a working kitchen, but it's not like we sit around microwaving lumps of mud or something.
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[User Picture]From: littlered2
2013-03-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
You left a cross note last weekend asking people to stop leaving the sink full of dirty plates. (And it is always obvious that it is a working kitchen, because there are always smears of things on the hob and plates with leftover food stuck to them.)
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:38 pm (UTC)
*makes notes* I am going to borrow this excuse as needed.
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:38 pm (UTC)
:P
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, honey+lemon+boiling water was what we did too - since my mum's main daily drink is water with a slice of lemon, we pretty much always had the lemons on hand, as much of a pain as they are to squeeze.
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[User Picture]From: littlered2
2013-03-23 11:27 pm (UTC)
My mum can top that - she likes to drink boiling water on its own. I should suggest the lemon.
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[User Picture]From: highfantastical
2013-03-23 11:39 pm (UTC)
I was more of a 'refuse to drink anything at all until bribed/bullied/put on a drip' child, but in retrospect I think it kept my parents on their toes.

Ginger wine + rum sounds delicious. I want to give Camille some.
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:49 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, it just adds to the challenge!

It is very much delicious. Camille would be most appreciative, particularly with lemon juice.
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-23 11:50 pm (UTC)
(Did Camille have particular food and drink that he liked?)

Also, I have bought APoGS to take with me on holiday next week. I am looking forward to it! A lot!
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[User Picture]From: highfantastical
2013-03-23 11:53 pm (UTC)
'Camille had never been one to eat' - QUOTATION FROM BOOK.

But he liked wine and absolutely adored coffee; their flat was full of coffee pots and stuff. (We know this because it was inventoried AFTER THEY DIED.) So, you know, I'm on board with that.

HURRAH JUBILATION! This completely delights me. :D :D :D

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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-24 11:47 pm (UTC)
AFTER DEATH INVENTORY WHAT. :S

That is precious (and extremely sensible!) about the coffee
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[User Picture]From: helle_d
2013-03-24 11:48 pm (UTC)
AFTER DEATH INVENTORY WHAT. :S

That is precious (and extremely sensible!) about the coffee pots. And I will KEEP YOU POSTED on my read!
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[User Picture]From: highfantastical
2013-03-24 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love hearing how people are getting on with it, who they like/hate, etc.
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