Breakfast buffet: National hot toddy day
January 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

We're picking up good (and warm) libations - January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day!

If you just can't shake the chill from your bones after a hard day's night, perhaps it's time to break out your favorite tall glass mug and mix up a nice hot toddy. And we totally don't blame you if the best part is just getting to say "hot toddy" in regular conversation.

This mixed drink, a bit like mulled cider, is a wintertime classic. Hot toddies were originally believed to help cure cases of the flu or common cold, but the American Lung Association shut those rumors down because alcohol tends to cause dehydration.

If you're of the British mindset when it comes to your hot toddy, then it's whisky, sugar and boiling water for you, along with a sprinkling of cloves, lemon slice and cinnamon stick. In the South, they like to use tea instead of plain water. The name's origins are debated, but the most popular belief is that it comes from the toddy drink specific to India.

Mix yourself a lemonade hot toddy, or perhaps a warm hazelnut toddy and settle in by the fire. It's also National Milk Day, which may not interest you except for this tres leches cake (that pairs nicely with a hot toddy).

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    When we were children, Mom made ours with honey, lemon and a splash of whiskey or scotch – depending on what she had in the house. We slept like .... well, you know ....

    January 11, 2012 at 9:13 am |
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