How to warm up on a cold night: Hot toddy

I rarely drink alcohol, but there’s something about cold winter nights that calls for it. My usual choice is mulled wine with raisins and toasted almonds (it’s a something Norwegians drink for Christmas), but there’s a close second that is supposed to be really good cure for the common cold, hot toddy.

Most of my Greek friends don’t know what that is and they’re reluctant to try it, but when they do, it never fails them. The recipe is easy and fast. It calls for ingredients you probably have at hand already. It’s warm and cosy.


  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon
  • boiling water
  • a stick of cinnamon


Add the brandy, the honey and the lemon in a tea mug. Top it with boiling water and mix well until the honey dissolves. Dress it with a slice of the lemon and a stick of cinnamon.

In another version of this drink you can replace boiling water with any tea of your liking. I hope this warms your cold nights. Enjoy!