It’s that time of year, when the leaves have fallen off the trees, you can see your breath, and there’s  a nasty Rhinovirus in heavy circulation (don’t freak out, that’s just the common cold).  We all deserve a hot toddy, but not everyone keeps the requisite cinnamon, citrus and spice in their kitchen, and nobody wants to trek to the market on a bitterly cold night, especially when they’re already under the weather.

Conveniently, all six flavors of Herbal Water lend themselves well to a steaming cup of booze and require nothing else but a little sweetener to make a great hot toddy.

Herbal Toddies

All of these recipes follow the same ratio – 1/4 cup Herbal Water :  1 ounce spirits : 1 tablespoon sweetener.  Microwave the water in a mug for 2 minutes, stir in the spirit and sweetener and and garnish with a lemon wedge.

  • Cinnamon Orange Peel – Irish whiskey – maple syrup
  • Lemongrass Mint Vanilla – bourbon – brown sugar
  • Ginger Lemon Peel – Tequila – agave nectar
  • Lavender Mint – Aviation Gin or citrus vodka – honey
  • Lemon Verbena Geranium – London dry gin – apricot jam
  • Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon -  Rum – white sugar

Full disclosure: I got my first taste of Herbal Water at a conference, and while their sparkling water made sense as a mixer, I wasn’t sure what to do with the still water…until I got sick, and they were kind enough to send me some.

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