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Hot Ginger Toddy.

July 3, 2011
So, as I mentioned, almost 2 weeks ago I was struck down by the plague  food poisoning. It’s amazing how 3 hours of wretchedness can destroy the relative happiness of your stomach for several days. It was in this frame of mind, as I regained my equilibrium by guzzling several bottles of the best ginger beer in the world that I started thinking about July’s Month of Food.

Yep. This, my friends, is the Month of Ginger.

In honour of the aforementioned ginger beer, I’m starting with a drink, but it’s still too cold (midwinter here, after all) to really embrace an icy glass of ginger beer or ale (unless it is for medicinal purposes, of course), so instead, I’m suggesting we warm our collective cockles with a hearty Hot Ginger Toddy.

Speaking of which.

::: from Pinterest :::

Yes. Had to be done. And look! Kitten! Don’t say I don’t take care of you.

This is one of those posts that I wish could come with smell-o-vision. The recipe, you see, starts with a ginger syrup, and as it cooks, the house fills with a sweet, pungent, fragrance – it’s true aromatherapy.

Mmmn. The drink combines the heady spice of a ginger cocktail with the heat of a hot toddy – 2 drinks I am very much inclined to order if they’re on offer. It’s best consumed in the late afternoon, as the sun hits the hills. After you’ve done your chores, not before.

The Month of Ginger!

Hot Ginger Toddy.

Hot Ginger Toddy ::: adapted from Classic Hot Toddy by Nigel Slater.
Ginger syrup ::: from Imbibe Magazine ::: via Joy the Baker.
Candied Ginger ::: from Brooklyn Farmhouse ::: also via Joy the Baker. Joy the Baker totally rocks, in case you hadn’t figured. Follow the link for her homemade ginger ale!

Prep ::: 10 mins
Cooking ::: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves ::: 1 (This makes about 2 cups of syrup, and you don’t need much, so your supply should last a while.)

GINGER SYRUP (& CANDIED GINGER. BONUS!)
2 cups unpeeled, washed, fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 cups sugar
6 cups water

HOT TODDY
2 tsp ginger syrup
a measure of whisky (infuriatingly vague, I know, but what I mean is, use a decent splash, according to your standards)
½ cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 lemon slice

1. First, make your syrup! Process the ginger in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Place in a large saucepan. Add sugar and water and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour 30 mins until it is reduced by more than half. Strain the syrup twice through a sieve into a large bowl and allow to cool a little before transferring into a jar or bottle. Refrigerate.

2. Don’t let that ginger go to waste! It’s tasty! Line a baking tray with baking paper. Put the ginger on the prepared tray and sprinkle with 2-3 teaspoons extra sugar. Mix to coat, the spread out and leave to cool. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. You know, we might just use some next week …

3. Put 2-3 teaspoons cooled ginger syrup, whisky, cinnamon and cloves in a mug or heatproof glass. Top with water that boiled 1-2 minutes ago. Set aside to infuse for a minute, then add lemon slice. Enjoy.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2011 2:48 am

    just saying hot ginger toddy makes me smile! :)

    • Francesca permalink*
      July 4, 2011 8:24 pm

      Hurrah! Always glad to make you smile, maggie! xxox

  2. July 9, 2011 2:17 pm

    This looks great Francesca. We’ve all been under the weather here with a cold/fever combo. Unfortunately I also seem to have developed a weird skin reaction to citrus fruit so my usual lemon, honey and star anise combo is off the menu so your ginger drink could be a life-saver!

    • Francesca permalink*
      July 10, 2011 4:55 pm

      Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. Definitely go the ginger Caz! It’ll do you a world of good!

  3. July 9, 2011 2:21 pm

    Love your Pinterest site too!

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