A Hot Toddy is a warm cocktail made from liquor, citrus fruit, water, and honey commonly sipped before bedtime or to ward off a cold. This warming cannabis orange rosemary hot toddy is infused with a cannabis tincture, and for that extra kick, feel free to add additional whiskey or bourbon.
Let's Make a Cannabis Orange Rosemary Hot Toddy!
Have you ever had a hot toddy before?
A Hot Toddy, also known as a Hot Whiskey in Scotland, is a warm cocktail made of water, honey, herbs and spices, and liquor - served hot traditionally before bed or during cold weather conditions.
Not only does it taste amazing, but old wives' tales claims this delicious drink may help to ease symptoms associated with common ailments such as the cold or the flu.
In How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as "the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb."
In this recipe, we're going to take it one step further and infuse this hot toddy with cannabis for the ultimate experience.
Continue reading to learn more about how to infuse a traditional hot toddy with your choice of cannabis tincture, the benefits of the ingredients used, and the full recipe with printable instructions.
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The Best Hot Toddy Ingredients
The Health Benefits of Honey
Unlike refined sugars like granulated white sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, which can cause a host of problems in the body if consumed too frequently, honey is considered to be an all-natural sweetener.
When purchasing honey for medicinal purposes like in this recipe, sourcing raw, local honey may be best for your body and immune system.
Consuming raw honey is likely to make you feel better given its natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Raw honey is also a source of antioxidants, important components that help to block free radicals in the body and to protect our cells. These antioxidants help to prevent a host of diseases, making them a natural immune system booster and defender.
*Note, do not consume raw honey if you have a compromised immune system, and do not serve raw honey to infants.
The Health Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary is a popular herb in traditional cooking, but has many medicinal benefits as well which make it the perfect addition to this healing drink. Since ancient times, rosemary has been used anecdotally to relieve pain, improve memory, boost the immune system and to even promote hair growth.
During the holiday and winter months where the cold and flu are common, rosemary is an excellent herb to use because it helps to soothe a cough which can often be bothersome at best, painful at worst.
The Health Benefits of Mandarin Oranges
Mandarin oranges are an excellent addition to this hot toddy because they lend their sweet, delicate flavor along with their impressive health benefits and nutrient profile.
Mandarin oranges are most noticed for their exceptionally high vitamin C content which has been proven to help aid the immune system in fighting infection.
Just one mandarin can provide with you with up to 80% of your daily vitamin C intake.
Cannabis Orange Rosemary Hot Toddy
- 8 ounces water
- ½ whole mandarin orange washed, sliced thick, seeds removed
- 4" sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 mL cannabis tincture
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon optional
- Bring 8 ounces of water to just near boiling in a tea kettle or other vessel.
- Add the thick mandarin orange slices, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and cannabis tincture to the bottom of your favorite mug. Muddle the ingredients together. When muddling, you want to make sure you extract the oils from the orange peel, but you also do not want to pulverize the orange slice. A light, gentle, muddle is good.
- Pour in the near-boiling water and allow the ingredients to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the citrus slices and rosemary if desired.
- Stir in the honey and whiskey or bourbon, if using, and enjoy.